Posted by: HAT | March 7, 2009

Rehearsing the Vision

Angelus Novus, Paul Klee

Angelus Novus, Paul Klee

Made it to chapel yesterday at LPTS, to hear Dean Thompson preach on “Dealing with Life’s Report Cards.” An extended commentary on the Serenity Prayer (his version: O God give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other . . .), text Hebrews 11 & 12:1-2 (the roll call of faith, and the great cloud of witnesses). Was glad about this because:

he used the example of the film Billy Elliot, one of my favorites, as illustrating “what cannot be changed” — one’s children, how they are, their talents, what makes their hearts sing —

there was a new slant on “these received a good report” — I had always thought of it as something the faithful had heard, but he reads it as the report card they receive, the good grades those faithful got — and he said, they got lots of good grades, but also lots of incompletes —

then: the idea that no matter how many projects we begin and complete, one project of ours we cannot complete, that is our own lives; that our own life is something God completes, brings to completion, . . . redemption . . .

and then, “all of history . . .”

(This gets me every time. The image of God taking all of history, all its broken places, its disasters, its tragedies and horrors, together with all its marvels, and gathering everything together and making everything right . . . please be true.)


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