Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Rain is like grace

One neat thing about a theistic Weltanschauung is that everything is symbolic. Since the universe is created by God according to a plan, everything in that plan is symbolic of God. Even dirty socks and kitchen mold are symbolic of God in some way, although I'm not sure how. What this symbolism means is that every aspect of creation finds its full meaning and fulfillment only in Christ. This is why, as the Catholic Nerd Blog says, confession isn't like a shower; a shower, rather, is like confession!

So, rain showers only find full meaning when they are seen as they truly are, a foretaste or image of divine grace. God gives us life just as the rain gives life to the field. See this passage from Isaiah 45:8 Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth, and let it cause righteousness to spring up also; I the LORD have created it. Without God, we are like a desert, a barren land where nothing grows.

Think of that the next time it rains. If, like me, you are in northeast Illinois, you will be thinking it a lot.

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