“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” – JRR Tolkien
I’m one of those people who gets pretty excited to take down the Christmas decorations because, despite how much I adore them, I love that fresh, clean slate. This year, however, I decided to leave a few bits and bobs up - mostly, the dried oranges, evergreen boughs,...
We've made it through the darkness. We've maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We're ready to celebrate. Tolkien's tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where good comes out on top in...
Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien's works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional Advent...
Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...
A few years ago, I discovered Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization and was utterly fascinated. A longtime Anglophile, the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland weigh heavy in my heart and my imagination. I was able to travel to Scotland...
This is a topic that has been on my mind and heart for quite some time. It is by no means something that I have rectified or come to any sincere conclusions concerning; rather, I sense it will be an ongoing struggle as we move ever forward into new ages of this world....
This man knows,
yet loves me still.
And so, I was struck anew when I read the story of Zacchaeus, with this knowledge firmly in my brainspace, even years later.
into an end
we cannot see.
We see now that we are called, by Jesus himself, to love others the way that God loves. We also understand that this love must be born of our intentions, our personalities, and our thoughts. What then does this look like?
Why then do you worry?
Oh, why then do you fear?
In this, we can see that love is the preeminent characteristic of the Fruit, as it most fully represents God himself: God is love.
but mercies are new.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be studying and exploring each of these nine words in depth; but to begin, I thought it best to begin with the overarching concepts that the verses hinge upon: Spirit and fruit.
For what is spring without winter? What is salvation without Creator and creation and longing?