Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything.
Gregory of Nyssa
People would look at that and ask - usually it was the non-writers who asked - what does it mean?
The vibe was all Evangelical suspicion. Should a Christian believe this? And wasn't Gregory of Nyssa a Catholic?
I never knew how to answer the question. It was like the Emporer's New Clothes - only sewn by truthful tailors. If they didn't grasp the meaning of the quote, then...
Or maybe I'm the naked emporer, and the tailors were liars after all.
But still I believe. I believe that when we think we understand, we've stopped far short. I believe that beauty is God's deepest mystery. I believe that when things look their ugliest, there is beauty to be found, and the longer it takes to find it, the more it will take our breath away when it appears.
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
From one loving Christian to another: If there is a God and he is good and sovereign, how could it be any different?