This excellent post by Chalcedon bears revisiting. In the midst of our tossing and turning and as we await the Lenten readings from Julian of Norwich, we must turn again to rouse the faith that holds God wills good for us. This good that God has in store may lie at the end of a road of discipline, hunger, thirst and heavy clouds, but it is not diminished by all that.
Yesterday was is the 500th anniversary of the birth of George Herbert, a favourite poet of Jessica, and one of the greatest of theologians, if, as we ought, we define the term as being to talk about God. We proceed, as Herbert saw, from the consequences of the Fall. Once, mankind walked with God and saw His face, but we pursued the devices and desires of our own hearts, we thought to be as wise as God – an endeavour showing how foolish we are as a species. So we were banished, and we no longer see Him face to face. One consequence is that, like Isaiah we fear to see His holiness for we know we are men of unclean lips. And yet the Psalmist expresses what is in the hearts of all Christians when he writes
‘My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” / Your face, Lord, I…
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