An Advent Paradox: Hands Too Small

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A mass of legend and literature, which increases and will never end, has repeated and rung the changes on that single paradox:

that the hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle.

Upon this paradox, we might almost say upon this jest, all the literature of our faith is founded…

I mean that all the eyes of wonder and worship which had been turned outwards to the largest thing were now turned inward to the smallest…

It is true that the spiritual spiral henceforward works inwards instead of outwards, and in that sense is centripetal and not centrifugal.

The faith becomes, in more ways than one, a religion of little things.

– G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

 

 

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As the universe expands around us,  our faith, in response, spirals inward.
The Hands that flung the stars and planets into their places now reach inside us to grip and hold our hearts.

It’s the little things that feed our faith:
there are so many to remember during this month of waiting.

And it begins with the paradox of small Hands.

 

 

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One thought on “An Advent Paradox: Hands Too Small

  1. Beautiful, and so appropriate as we greet and enter into the awesome meaning of Advent. Those hands together – the tiny ones – still slightly wrinkled from her watery home for nine months, and the older hands — seasoned, wise, connecting, reassuring — standing by to help guide another birth miracle in her life — preserved for all time in one picture. Grandparents are sooooo important as the family circle widens and strengthens in love, continuity, and fealty — a much-needed memory to be honored by the little ones as they follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them….

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