Where he seems most helpless

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

“Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of Him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man.

“If the holiness and awful power and majesty of God were present in this even, this birth of a peasant’s child, then there is no place or time so lowly and earthbound but that holiness can be present there also.

“And, this means that we are not safe, that there is no place where we can hide from God, no place where we are safe from his power to break in to and recreate the human heart, because it is where he seems most helpless that he is most strong, and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.”

– Fredrich Beuchner

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2 responses

  1. “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy?
    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “…Who said anything safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    CS Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  2. That is one of my all-time favorite literary quotes, and I’m not exaggerating. Thanks.

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