by Glenn Fairman 1/16/14
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall inherit the kingdom of Heaven” — Matthew 5:3 • How counter-intuitive this statement is to the spirit of the world! Christ has not chosen the “winners” in the Lottery of Power to manifest Himself through. It is not in humanity’s stained-glassed and exalted temporal icons that He reveals Himself; nor necessarily in the countenances of the beautiful, the high-born, or the powerful who do not entertain any message save what is echoed within the cold labyrinthine soundings of the evangelizing self. The economy of God is altogether not what men should expect, since His wealth and values are indeed antithetical to those deemed holy in the chambers of Man.
If God is hidden, He is hidden to those who have found refuge in their own arsenals of cultivated self-love: that looking glass infatuation that serves only to fashion mankind into monstrosities of disproportion. If hidden, He is hidden from the dead who have placed the possibility of His presence outside the realms of their imaginative thirst. It is only through the concerted effort of human volition that the tribe of humanity tortures their own caricatures into that of creatures without eyes–preferring the rebel’s taste for vanity over the incandescence of awakened perception.
In our Age of Desiccated Hearts and great machines, and in all times, He shrouds Himself in the hearts of those who love Him. He does not send a bolt through the clouds to chasten us or to rouse us to our duties from the warm comfort of our lethargies. He desires a prize far better. Those who had witnessed fire atop Mt. Sinai soon remembered His Saving Hand no more and returned untransformed to their graven images. Only the fertile seeds of faith that cause men to hang their own bodies on the Word of Love are acceptable. Thus, it forever has been between the Father and His Lost Children.
In a splintered beam two millennia bygone, in the personage of One who hung brutalized and humiliated, in whom the world could only discern abject failure, He rocked the foundations of both Heaven and Earth. Do not be amazed that contained inside the cry of the broken heart resides the true revealed powerhouse of the Lord. Evidenced within the tears of the repentant sinner, who has fallen again and again only to be lifted back up to begin anew, shall we not meditate upon this following lesson from now on out into eternity: His grace is sufficient for the re-casting of this world. Let us aspire to distinguish His power and beauty concealed artfully beneath the ashes of our frailties.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. • (2662 views)