Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Found words

Found words. Annie Dillard has written an entire book featuring words written by others, words that have transformed her in small and large ways. So now and then it makes sense to share some of my own 'found words.' These are words written by Frederick Beuchner, a man whose name you've read before, if you've read this blog for any length of time. He resonates with me. These words are reason enough for that resonance.

If the world is sane, then Jesus is made as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully--the life you save may be your own--and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

As Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 1--

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the wisdom of God is stronger than human strength...God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of HIM that your are in Jesus Christ who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, "Let those who boast boast in the Lord."

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