With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on. -- William Morris

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Sun of Righteousness


Just as when these clouds surround the sun, instead of blocking it out, add to its beauty, so when the clouds of sin surround the Sun of Righteousness at Calvalry, His glory is made even more manifest. All things work for the greater glory of God!

4 Comments:

  • At 2/22/2009 12:10 PM, Anonymous The Inquisitor said…

    dude,

    Wait....having a "zippy" moment....
    ...arghh.......

    that's heresy. You're saying sin is necessary for divine beauty....
    heresy. You're a heretic; heresy, heresy, heresy......

    WAIT..."zippy" moment beginning to subside.....
    OK!....... now it's gone.

    Great post. sorry about that "zippy" moment; for a second there, I was compelled out of fear to read your comment in the worst light possible. Shame on me.

    It's really a beautiful insight.
    Thanks for the post. (guess who...)

     
  • At 2/22/2009 2:20 PM, Blogger Henry Karlson said…

    I expect Zippy will respond to you later -- he has a tendency to keep coming back, and never relent. But maybe you have him had, asking him to actually define the heresy!

    If I were a poet, I would have written a poem to say what I said, but I thought the picture is poetry enough!

     
  • At 2/27/2009 2:53 PM, Blogger Matt Talbot said…

    Henry - not sure if this is related, but I find that God is most visible to me when I see Him working in the lives of me and my fellow sinners - for example, in an AA meeting, when someone is giving a talk about their drinking days and how they found sobriety, I can see the action of God's grace clearly.

     
  • At 2/28/2009 3:17 AM, Blogger Henry Karlson said…

    Matt

    It's related -- of course, one must not use it to say, we must sin to make God's glory known, but rather, God can always add to what we do to make his glory that much greater --- when I wrote this, I had the opening of Tolkien's Silmarillion in mind, where I think Tolkien beautifully put the idea forward via music: the angelic choirs found the beauty of their original music increased as Eru (God) brought the discord Melkor (Satan) into it.

     

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