December 14

#Prune

The prophet Malachi speaks of God’s messenger as one who will “purify” the people, like “a refiner’s fire” or “fullers’ soap,” to make them “pleasing to the Lord.” The prophet’s point is that God has a lot of scrubbing and refining of human nature to do as God’s reign makes its advent. William Temple speaks of God’s seemingly harsh desire to prune away that which is not pleasing as done purely for “very love’s sake.” This love is “not a sentimental readiness to give us what we want; it is a passionate yearning to raise us to its own likeness.”

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Stephen Cook, Ph.D., Virginia Theological Seminary

#Prune

The prophet Malachi speaks of God’s messenger as one who will “purify” the people, like “a refiner’s fire” or “fullers’ soap,” to make them “pleasing to the Lord.” The prophet’s point is that God has a lot of scrubbing and refining of human nature to do as God’s reign makes its advent. William Temple speaks of God’s seemingly harsh desire to prune away that which is not pleasing as done purely for “very love’s sake.” This love is “not a sentimental readiness to give us what we want; it is a passionate yearning to raise us to its own likeness.”

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