Woefully Arrayed

March 19, 2008 | one comment

From the archives

Thanks to The Atlantic, I’m reading the book From the Hook of Holland to the Horn of Constantinople. In his late teens in the early 30s the author decided on a whim to walk across Europe and this is his memoir.

At one point he is moved by religious art from the years just before the Reformation and he quotes a poem fragment from a man named John Skelton who lived and wrote in the same period.

Woefully arrayed,
my blood, man,
for thee ran,
it can not be nayed.
My body, blue and wan,
woefully arrayed.

It came to me strongly that I spend too much time pondering the meaning, extent, and nature of the Atonement and not enough time at the foot of the cross.

Pondering has its place. It can breathe fresh life into relations that have grown stale. But we would do better ofttimes to simply “believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world.”

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One Response to Woefully Arrayed

  1. lamonte on March 19, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Adam – Thanks for retrieving this from the archives. There seems to be so much to worry about in the world today – the war, the economy, the future (the past?) There seems to be so much to do and now that my mid-50′s are approaching, there seems to be so little time to do it. And yet we too often forget how fortunate we are.

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Despite all that concerns me, I have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings in my life. All of my happiness made possible by the great gift of Jesus.


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