Cone writes about the crucifixion as a first-century lynching, and about how black people facing the state-endorsed terrorism of lynching identified with Jesus; they, “found in the cross the spiritual power to resist the violence they so often suffered” (p22).
I have been thinking a lot about the words of Behrouz
Boochani in ‘No Friends But The Mountains’
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Incarnation points us towards our situated-ness, our rooted-ness and our need for belonging within a concrete locality.
the pulse of hope/ the echo of our name/ and the bread in our teeth/ a cup on our lips / and breathing at our side
The emphasis we have on fact means we cannot cope with the idea of a true fictional story. ‘Fictional truth’ or ‘narrative truth’ is just an oxymoron. Hence the confusion with Genesis.
Life has, for all its horror, been found by God to be worth dying for.
Wonder points us to God not just in the Christmas story, but in the Bible, the world and the universe we live in. It also lets us all be little kids again – enjoying a moment.
It is what I want to put out into the world and what I try to search for in it.
Integrity is the value which I most cherish in the people that I love, and the one I most long to cultivate in my own life.
Optimism reflects a hopefulness and confidence for the future- the idea that good will always prevail over evil.
Fundamentally, there is something delightfully unnecessary and inexpressibly and outlandishly beautiful about the generous; it speaks to me of something greater.