Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Weight of Glory

“The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning”

The above is easily my favorite Lewis quotation so far. It just puts things into a perspective that makes so much sense to me. I was reading this passage with two other girls and when we read that line we all stopped and underlined. It makes sense of how God comes before earthly kings, queens and idols. It also reminds me that every day is a new day and that we should view each day as a new opportunity and not to dwell in the past.

When we got into a group discussion the quote “It was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing” came up in conversation. This combines the ideas of Lewis’ at and along and also Plantinga’s idea of longing. Firstly Lewis spoke of the difference of looking at and along things and I think this quote highlights this idea again. We direct things through us, and in that, we decide the way we are going to see and perceive situations (looking at them or looking on them or both.) and then Plantinga’s idea of longing for God is pulled in when Lewis says that “what came through them was longing.”

A main theme that we pulled from this writing was that God’s glory resides in the people around us. Lewis says “If he is your Christian neighbor he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ the glorifier and the glorified, Glory himself, is truly hidden.” When people let Christ into their lives then they become a part of the body of Christ and since Christ is full of glory that means that each part of the body also contains a piece of this glory. We, as parts of this body, need to seek and recognize this glory in the people around us and instead of always yearning for the glory that we want to come faster we need to embrace the glory that we are already surrounded by.

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