Friday, July 09, 2010

The Friday Clive


"If we take the imagery of Scripture seriously, if we believe that God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the splendour of the sun, then we may surmise that both the ancient myths and the modern poetry, so false as history, may be very near the truth as prophecy. At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in. When human souls have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which nature is only the first sketch."



2 comments:

stephie said...

You do know, right, that this excerpt was the inspiration for Jill's book 'God's Front Door' - the one for which we did the accompanying CD together. I am bleary eyed exhausted, but I can't make myself go to bed. Because if this day comes to an end, then it's really real, you know? But now, because of you, I will lay down, and I will hear my dear Jill's voice saying 'All the leaves of the new testament are rustling with the rumor that one day, God willing, we shall get in!' with, of course, her perfect accent. I can shut down now. Thank you, thank you.

You're a beloved friend.
Steph

A Circle of Quiet said...

I had no idea, Steph. I do know I spent what I thought was too long yesterday, trying to figure out what quote to choose from Clive. Now I know why (-: So glad to reach across the miles to your heart! I hope you slept well.

Love,
DI