Completely and Deceptively Rotten

“When a newspaper posed the question, ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ the Catholic thinker G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

‘Dear Sirs:
I am.
Sincerely Yours,
G. K. Chesterton.’

That is the attitude of someone who has grasped the message of Jesus.”
~Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God 

O lovely apple!
beautifully and completely
                 rotten
hardly a contour marred–

                 perhaps a little
shrivelled at the top but that
                 aside perfect
in every detail! O lovely

                 apple! what a
deep and suffusing brown
                 mantles that
unspoiled surface! No one

                 has moved you
since I placed you on the porch
                 rail a month ago
to ripen.

                 No one. No one!
~William Carlos Williams “Perfection”

I am what’s wrong with the world and so are you.

Not one of us escapes the rottenness that lies not-so-deep beneath our shiny surface.  We are full of wormholes, inviting the worms of the world to eat us alive.

One look at the news headlines of the day is enough mar the most perfect surface. No one moves to save us from our over-ripening fate; we sit untouched, withering and shriveling.

We are the problem and the problem is us.

We need rescue by a Savior who is the one good apple among a barrel of contagiously bad apples. We are so tainted, it takes Someone who truly is Perfect to transform us from the inside out, from worm-holes back to wholeness and on to holiness.

May we fall to our knees, weeping and grateful, that Christ, who is the Leader of all in His Kingdom, will grant us a grace and sanctuary we emphatically don’t deserve.

May He pick us before the worms do. We are in this together.


2 thoughts on “Completely and Deceptively Rotten

  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a while, admiring your photographs and insight. Thank you for writing this post. May I recommend your blog and Instagram account to others on my IG ? Grateful to read words of truth.

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  2. TRUE!
    SO, UTTERLY, UNDENIABLY TRUE – IN WHAT IS SEEN AND THE INSIDIOUS THAT IS UNSEEN…
    ACHINGLY, PAINFULLY TRUE…SEEPING INTO THE HUMAN SPIRIT, IGNORING, DENYING THE POWER OF THE INDWELLING SPIRIT AND HIS PRESENCE WITHIN EACH PERSON’s SOUL…
    PROPHETICALLY TRUE…THROUGH THE WITNESS OF ANCIENT PROPHETS AND OUR MODERN DAY PROPHETS, MOST OF WHOM HAVE BEEN KILLED OR OTHERWISE SILENCED…
    THE BLIGHT, THE ROT, THE INCIPIENT DEATH AND PUTRIFICATION OF OUR BODIES AND THE DAMAGE TO OUR SOULS – ARE ENCROACHING UPON US THROUGH ALL THE EVIL THAT WE SEE, HEAR, FEEL IN OUR EXISTENCE TODAY…THERE IS NOT ONE FACET OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES THAT HAS NOT BEEN AFFECTED — AND SEDUCED BY IT AT TIMES.

    WE ARE IN A WAR: A WAR THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS BEEN BLINDED TO ITS EXISTENCE, ITS TRUE MISSION THROUGH FALSE TEACHINGS AND PROMISES, HATRED OF THE ‘OTHER’ AMONG US AND TOTAL UNCARING AND HELP FOR THE LEGIONS OF ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE OVERCOME BY POVERTY, STARVATION, HOMELESSNESS, DISEASE, GENOCIDE…
    A WAR THAT IS NOT ALWAYS SEEN OR DISCERNED FOR ITS INTENT, FOR WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS, BUT IS CLEVERLY DECEPTIVE… A WAR TO DIRECT US AWAY FROM GOD AND OUR BELIEF AND TRUST IN HIM — HIS LOVE, HIS CARING FOR EACH AND ALL THAT HE HAS CREATED…HIS FORGIVENESS, HIS PRESENCE….

    THIS ‘WAR’ HAS MANY NAMES AND ALIASES. WE RECOGNIZE IT MOST FAMILIARLY AS ;SPIRITUAL WARFARE —
    BECAUSE IT IS A WAR MARSHALLED BY ALL THE EVIL FORCES – ANCIENT AND NEW – THAT HAVE TRIED SINCE TIME BEGAN TO CHANGE OUR ALLEGIENCE TO GOD –TO ‘STEAL,’ TO TURN US AWAY, FROM HIM!

    Emily, your plainly spoken yet most practical and profound suggestion for meeting this battle head on is well said. We should be on our knees (literally and metaphorically) in supplication as we plead for protection.
    MARANATHA!

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