Thursday, Dec. 15 – Daniel Thomas

15 Dec

Week 3: Joy
Today’s Scripture:
Gen. 3:14-24
1 Cor. 15:12-26

After looking for 15 minutes and wearing a path back and forth up the aisle—it had to be there—I finally found the pumpkin spice. After that search. finding the brown sugar was easy. Then I heard a gentle voice ask me if I would mind grabbing a box of the light brown sugar from the bottom shelf. I was glad to be able to help. The older lady informed me that there was a big difference between the light brown and the dark brown sugars. The light brown is best for baking pies. I told her that my daughter Sydney and I were about to bake us a pie. I told her I was a bit nervous because I had never made the crust and everything and asked for her advice. “Take your time,” she said. “Cherish every moment, because she’ll be grown up before you know it.” There was a hint of sentiment or perhaps sadness in her voice, while at the same time a sweetness that seemed to infuse me as I was standing on the baking aisle at Ingles. And then, unfortunately, because of my busy schedule I had to leave. All that wisdom, and that gentle spirit made it difficult to leave, but I said thank you and did just that.

I can’t, and few people can, say it any better than Wendell Berry. After a beautiful exposition of love in his essay “Health is Membership” says this:

“When I said early in this essay that we live in a world that was created and exists and is redeemable by love, I did not mean to sentimentalize it. For this is also a fallen world. It involves error and disease, ignorance and partiality, sin and death. If this world is a place where we may learn of our involvement in immortal love, as I believe it is, still such learning is only possible here because that love involves us so inescapably in the limits, sufferings and sorrows of mortality.”

But praise the King of Kings that because of his sacrificial death, one day we will inhabit a new body in a new creation. One day that sweet lady in Ingles and I will be able to sit down and share our stories and commune with each other in the presence of our great Savior. I don’t know what it will be like. But I do long for the day when in our renewed and redeemed bodies we can worship with all of the restored creation the Creator God who humbled Himself and through whose death and resurrection we will live, truly live, together in unity. Praise Emmanuel for already bursting forth into the present with that redeeming love which gives us true joy.



2 Responses to “Thursday, Dec. 15 – Daniel Thomas”

  1. Matt O December 15, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Thanks DT. Sweet old ladies wreck me with their grace. . .love the fact she gave you advice on being a dad and not on making the pie crust. Less without you.

  2. Matt Walters December 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Every bit of your last paragraph was my constant prayer today. Thanks for this, Daniel.

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