The Chair and the Desk, 3/22/16

From the chair:

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” 

-Romans 8:31-34

Honestly, I didn’t feel like getting up and going today. This is just what I needed to hear. There’s a time for “you should,” but there’s unique power in “God is.” God is for us. In that truth, we are offered great hope and confidence, assurance that we aren’t being set up to be knocked down today, starting behind just to end behind. God provides what we need, justifies his people, intercedes for us. The only way to truly fail this day would be to forget God, the God who, in his mercy, has by no means forgotten us.

From the desk nightstand:

I do still read for class. I’ve just been reading things like speech performance textbooks and Marx. I don’t have a ton to pass on in soundbite-size. So, here’s something I read (not for class) that spoke to me:

“’How can it be proved, how can one be convinced? Oh, miserable me! I look around and see that for everyone else, almost everyone, it’s all the same, no one worries about it anymore, and I’m the only one who can’t bear it. It’s devastating, devastating!’
     ‘No doubt it is devastating. One cannot prove anything here, but it is possible to be convinced.’
     ‘How? By what?’
     ‘By the experience of active love. Try to love your neighbors actively and tirelessly. The more you succeed in loving, the more you’ll be convinced of the existence of God and the immortality of your soul.’”
-Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. Pavear and Volokhonsky (2002), p.56

“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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