The Chair and the Desk, 10/5/15

From the chair:

3  The voice of the Lord is over the waters; 
the God of glory thunders, 
the Lord, over many waters. 
4  The voice of the Lord is powerful; 
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

-Psalm 29:3-4

We each face a question each day: How will we respond to what God has said? He has declared his power; he has also declared his intense love. Has God’s speaking seized your attention yet today?

From the desk:

“…the decisive question for Christian existence is not whether and how man…can be ‘himself’ and can maintain his own identity and continuity with himself. The point of reference of his expressions and renunciations, his activities and sufferings, it not a transcendental Ego upon which he could and must repeatedly reflect in the midst of all his distractions. But the point of reference is his call. It is to this, and not to himself, that he seeks to live. It is this that gives him identity and continuity—even, and indeed precisely, where he expends himself in non-identity. He does not require to preserve himself by himself, in constant unity with himself, but in surrendering himself to the work of mission he is preserved by the hope inherent in that mission.”

-Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope, 1967 english ed., pp.214-215

I love this quote because it reminds me that I have not been thrown into this life to find myself. I am here to find the one who made me, and he is calling me, with a word of promise, into a future that I have not yet seen, that I believe in and hope for, that I can start to demonstrate and create in the world today.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

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