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Saturday, December 8, 2012

dec 5 advent devotional

December 5: Colossians 1:16 …for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible,… I know that God is not an old man in a beard up in the sky, and yet it is hard not to put human attributes or characteristics to my understanding of God. I am human and all I know is from that perspective. It is important to allow our imagination to soar into new realms. C.S. Lewis wrote a poem about a similar problem with science fiction writing. An Expostulation Against too many writers of science fiction Why did you lure us on like this, Light-year on light-year, through the abyss, Building (as though we cared for size!) Empires that cover galaxies If at the journey's end we find The same old stuff we left behind, Well-worn Tellurian stories of Crooks, spies, conspirators, or love, Whose setting might as well have been The Bronx, Montmartre, or Bedinal Green? Why should I leave this green-floored cell, Roofed with blue air, in which we dwell, Unless, outside its guarded gates, Long, long desired, the Unearthly waits Strangeness that moves us more than fear, Beauty that stabs with tingling spear, Or Wonder, laying on one's heart That finger-tip at which we start As if some thought too swift and shy For reason's grasp had just gone by?

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