Striking the Balance



Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride.
Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair.
Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance
because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.
~Blaise Pascal



We yearn for perfection,
to be flawless and faultless,
aiming for symmetry,
straight and smooth.

Life serves up something
far different
and our eye searches
for what is broken like us:
to find the cracks,
scratches and damage,
whether it is in
a master’s still life portrait
replete with crawling flying insects
and broken blossoms,
or in the not so still life
of those around us.

Somehow Christ bridges
Himself between God and us,
becoming a walkway for the wretched.

In the beginning we were created
image bearers of perfection.
No longer.
We bear witness to brokenness
with our shattered lives,
fragile minds and weakening bodies.
It is our leaks and warts
that stand out now.

To restore
our lost relationship with Him,
Christ strikes the balance;
He hung broken to mend us,
to lift and carry us across the gap,
binding us to Him

Still Life With Flowers–Jan Huysum


3 thoughts on “Striking the Balance

  1. Beautifully and truly said, Emily.
    A needed reminder of our humanity with its many imperfections and constant need for healing and restoration together
    with a simple, yet profound, description of the reason for the Incarnation with its answers, promises, hope and assurances –
    crutches we need every time we fall and need help to rise and try again — and keep trying until we are finally called
    Thank you.

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  2. Dear Alice,

    I’ve been knowing wretchedness all week home with a head cold that won’t turn me loose, and it has been a distinct reminder of how much we need to know God when our bodies are laid low. Even by something as minor as a respiratory virus, how much more if a chronic disease and chronic pain. I am humbled–again.

    love from Emily


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