Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “For Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places” for the Trinity Sunday on June 2, 2012. The events of salvation history--Creation, Fall, Incarnation, Cross, Resurrection, Ascension, Penetecost, and the life of the church itself--give us a historical map of the Trinitarian life of God, for it is the only way we as humans can observe it--in space and time; in history. In Christ, we become who God meant us to be as we participate in His life, as the poem "As Kingfishers Catch Fire," by Gerald Manley Hopkins so beautifully portrays.
As Kingfishers Catch Fire…
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells stones ring;
like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves―goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.
I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is―
Christ―for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
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