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“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
— G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
I was reminded of this quote recently while watching the film Leon Morin, Priest for my blog about church and clergy in movies. In the film, a parishioner asks the priest about why Jesus had to die. Among other things, Morin says perhaps Jesus died as a young man so that God would be eternally young. I’m not sure I’d vouch for the theological veracity of that idea, but it is interesting.
And that reminded me of yet another thing. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing @GrannyDude preach. That Sunday she asked the congregation which two traits were most likely to make us fear a person. She said studies show (throughout many cultures) that we are more likely to fear a person who is young and a man. Because young men are more likely to act rashly, violently. But also more likely to act bravely, valiantly. Then she said, “Isn’t it interesting that when God came into the world He came as a young man?”
I don’t have access to the statistics, but I’m pretty sure that the average Ricochet member is not young (in a strictly chronological sense). In fact, these days, many of us old folks have a tendency to look at today’s youth (paranoid about the current virus and tearing down everything good in our culture for the sake of “social justice”) as fools.
But we can trust God in these strange days to work, even in the hearts and minds of the young; to do good, new things. And to continue doing good, old things. We can trust the God who was and is and is to come. We can trust the God who is forever young. (No H/T to Bob Dylan or Rod Stewart.)Published in