Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Weight of Glory

By far my favorite piece of writing by him that we have read. There is a quote that was also in Plantinga's Ch. 1 from Lewis. "Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." We always seem so content with out own lives, but something greater, much greater, is there that we cannot even see or imagine.
This had a overall theme of longing and joy again. We are made for something better than this earth can offer us. We long for what we can't have, and on earth, we cannot have what we are made for. We feel ashamed when we long and want. There is a negative connotation with longing and wanting.
There are two ways that Lewis describes glory. Wicked and Ridiculous. The wicked part refers to only glorifying yourself. Forgetting others and putting them down in order to glorify ourselves. And the ridiculous part is like the light bulb. Where eventually it just turns on, and things seem to brighten up.
Glory is just getting the approval of God. It is not a selfish act. It is a very important aspect of faith. We want to have a pure relationship with God and be proud of that. We always are striving for beauty. To be beautiful, to be a part of beauty, to be a part of God's creation. This was by far my favorite piece. I enjoyed it and related to it well.

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