Saturday, April 19, 2008

More Chesterton goodness

Still wading through Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton with a few other guys. I’m generally a solitary reader, but I’m really grateful to Josh, Zach, and Justin as we work together to decipher Chesterton’s prose. Even though I’m dense sometimes, I love this quote and it reminds me to delight and hold God’s creation in appropriate awe and wonder.

…it may be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life. The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they especially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening. ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite for infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.”

I love that. Reminds me of Jesus holding all things together (see Col. 1.17).

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