Monday, September 15, 2008

Novelty Vs. Birth of the New

Novelty is easy, even facile compared to the birth of the new, which seems to arrive in this world accompanied by significant resistance on every level, including spiritual warfare. The Incarnation of the Son of God was not exempt from this--quite the opposite--consider the anguish in the slaughter of the Innocents, and the stress of the flight into Egypt.

If something genuinely new is coming to birth in your life without such suffering on your part, maybe someone else--someone you don't even know--is undergoing the struggle for your sake. And maybe some of your life struggle is for the sake of someone you have never met. As Charles Williams wrote, "The altar must often be built in one place so that the fire may come down in another place."

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