“For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes
to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”
Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
(blooming clover / Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN / Julie Cook / 2018)
“Think, dear friends,
how the Lord continually proves to us that there will be a resurrection to come,
of which he made the Lord Jesus Christ the first-fruits by raising him from the dead.
Contemplate the resurrection that is always going on.
Day and night declare the resurrection to us.
The night sinks to sleep, and the day rises;
the day departs, and the night comes on.
Look at the crops, how the grain is sown:
the sower goes out and throws it on the ground, and the scattered seed,
dry and bare when it fell on the ground, is gradually dissolved.
Then out of its disintegration the mighty power of the Lord’s providence raises it up again,
and from one seed come many bearing fruit.”