"Bless the Lord, All You Works of the Lord"

"Bless the Lord, All You Works of the Lord"
a gloss on the Creation story that radically alters the way Christians\r\nview Nature. The God Who created the world and everything\r\nin it has become a part of Creation; indeed, He has become\r\nthe centerpiece of Creation, the Savior of mankind, hi\r\ntaking on our nature. He has not only redeemed us but drawn\r\nus closer to Him. As C.S. Lewis explained in his reflection on\r\nChristinas in The Business of Heaven,\r\nhi creahon Cod makes—invents—a person and "utters"\r\n—injects—him into the realm of Nature, hi the hicaniation.\r\nCod the Son takes the body and human soul\r\nof Jesus, and, through that, the whole environment of Nature,\r\nall the creaturely predicament, into His own being.\r\nSo that "He came down from Heaven" can almost be\r\ntransposed into "Heaven drew earth up into it," and locality,\r\nlimitahon, sleep, sweat, footsore weariness, fnistration,\r\npain, doubt, and death, are, from before all worlds,\r\nknown by God from within.\r\nCod's drawing of all nature into Him, becoming "all in all,"\r\nas Lewis puts it, is something far different from the pantheist vision\r\nin which Cod is simply all. "[W]hat is everywhere and always,\r\nimageless and ineffable, only to be glimpsed in dream and\r\nsymbol and the acted poetry of ritual becomes small, solid—no\r\nbigger than a man who can lie asleep in a rowing boat on the\r\nLake of Galilee." Conversely, that Man is "everywhere and always,\r\nimageless and ineffable," and by taking up His Cross and\r\nfollowing...

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