Patricia Hofer

Christian worship lies in response–not initiative.

“Before and behind all the relations of God to man, as we now learn them from Christianity, yawns the abyss of a Divine act of pure giving–the election of man, from nonentity, to be the beloved of God, and therefore (in some sense) the needed and desired of God, who but for that act needs and desires nothing, since He eternally has, and is, all goodness. And that act is for our sakes. It is good for us to know love; and best for us to know the love of the best object, God. But to know it as a love in which we were primarily the wooers and God the wooed, in which we sought and He was found, in which His comformity to our needs, not ours to His, came first, would be to know it in a form false to the very nature of things…Our highest activity must be response, not initiative. To experience the love of God in a true, and not an illusory form, is therefore to experience it as our surrender to His demand…” (CS Lewis, Problem of Pain, “Divine Goodness”).

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