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A Love That Conquers

“The love that sweeps in to liberate a slave or a girl in a brothel, that is great and wonderful—but that’s not heroic enough. What the world needs is the rare and hidden glory of long and faithful love. A love backed up by inner strength. A love that conquers the most difficult obstacles of all—time, monotony, and tedium. Because here is the reality: if momentary, heroic love is all we’re willing to give, we will inevitably show up late and leave early in all the places the world needs us most.”

– Gary Haugen (via Ekklesia)

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The body as means to salvation

How tempting it is to disdain what God has created, and to retreat into a comfortable gnosticism. The members of the Heaven’s Gate cult regarded their bodies as obstacles to perfection, mere ‘containers’ to be discarded on their way to what they called ‘a level beyond human.’ The Christian perspective could not be more different; it views the human body as our God-given means to salvation, for beyond the cross God has effected resurrection. We want life to have meaning, we want fulfillment, healing and even ecstasy, but the human paradox is that we find these things by starting where we are, not where we wish we were. We must look for blessings to come from unlikely, everyday places—out of Galilee, as it were—and not in spectacular events, such as the coming of a comet.

– Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries