Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Quotes on Understanding (or not)

Negative Capability:  when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason (Keats, excerpted from a letter)

"A work of (whatever) art may be 'received' or 'used'.  When we 'receive' it we exert our senses and imagination and various other powers according to a pattern invented by the artist. When we 'use' it we treat it as assistance for our own activities."  --C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism (quoted in All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes, pages 89-90)

"It is not necessary to understand."  --one of the Three Wise Men to the Little Drummer Boy

I'm not sure how these fit together, but they keep bumping into each other in my mind, so I'm parking them here.

Narration: Colossians 1:9-15

9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

We are praying hard for you ever since we heard of your brotherly love in the Lord.  We are begging Him to make his will plainly and abundantly known to you from all sides, and to guide you spiritually;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

To help you to improve your walk with Him, to grow in your knowledge of Him and His ways, and please Him in everything you do;

 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

And so you will feel confirmed by His soundness, authority, and might, which will make you steadfast, constant, and joyful in each and every situation; 

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Full of thanksgiving to Him who sacrificed His own Son that we might be a part of His family and receive the beginning of our inheritance here on Earth;

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Blessed, beautiful Jesus, who redeemed us with His own blood and suffered for our sins as His own:

 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Who helps us to comprehend, to apprehend God here on Earth.