Friday, December 12, 2008

The Paradoxes of Advent

One of the essential paradoxes of Advent:
that while we wait for God,
we are with God all along,

that while we need to be reassured of God's arrival,
or the arrival of our homecoming,
we are already home.

While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith,
but it is God's grace that gives us that faith.

As with all spiritual knowledge,
two things are true,
and equally true, at once.

The mind can't grasp paradox;
it is the knowledge of the soul.

Michelle Blake, The Tentmaker

PARADOX: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

2 comments:

brad said...

RIGHT ON!!

joy said...

I enjoyed reading your Advent paradox just as I was practically writing the same stuff in tomorrow's as yet unfinished
sermon....