Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Clerk: dissolution of a difficulty

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
    —1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)
    The mystical union, on the one hand. The resurrection of the body, on the other. I can’t reach the ghost of an image, a formula, or even a feeling, that combines them. But the reality, we are given to understand, does. Reality [is] the iconoclast once more. Heaven will solve our problems—but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never was any problem.
    ... N. W. Clerk, A Grief Observed, penname of C. S. Lewis, Seabury Press, 1963, p. 56 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Luke 24:38; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Jas. 1:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your love solves all problems.
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