:: Thursday, September 12, 2002 ::

Prophets and scribes. From this morning's Christian Quotation of the Day:

Hearts that are "fit to break" with love for the Godhead are those who have been in the Presence and have looked with opened eye upon the majesty of Deity. Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known to or understood by common men. They habitually spoke with spiritual authority. They had been in the Presence of God and they reported what they saw there. They were prophets, not scribes: for the scribe tells us what he has read, and the prophet tells us what he has seen. The distinction is not an imaginary one. Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen, there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are today overrun with orthodox scribes; but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the Wonder that is God.

A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God [1948]

I envy Rachel Cunliffe. She got to do a media fast during all the 9/11 remembrances. Man, what I wouldn't give to take a media fast. My system is in dire need of media purging. But, when you work with the news media day in and day out, it's tough to do a media fast. For those of you who are able to get away from the media (including this medium, the Internet), I recommend doing so every once in a while.

But if I had fasted from the media... I would have missed this wonderful 9/11 remembrance (RealAudio file) by Andrei Codrescu on NPR during my drive to church last night.

Update: another good poem about 9/11 -- 110 stories, by John M. Ford, link courtesy of Space Waitress.

:: Andrew 07:38 + ::

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