He plucks the world out of our hearts, loosing the chains of attachment. And he hurls the world into our hearts, where we and he together carry it in infinitely tender love.
For several years, these sentences greeted me from the door of my office each morning in Boise, words written by Thomas Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion.” This is what I want. This is how I want God to shape me.
I have so many things that need to be plucked, so many chains of attachment: desires for things, for significance, for others’ approval. I want God to pluck out and break the bonds of these things that show how the world has shaped me more than God. But I don’t want only retreat, only cleansing, only separation. I want God’s infinitely tender and never-ending love for each person and part of creation to be hurled inside me, living and breathing in me. I want my following of Jesus to lead not to withdrawal into supposed safety from an awful world, but rather to joining the Spirit in the trenches to transform it.