A Time to Tear Down, and a Time to Build Up

Posted: April 2, 2009 in Lessons

“Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we went astray but of how You did save us!” – A prayer of Sore Kierkegaard

Life in the Pepperdine community is pretty amazing. Last night’s speaker at the Perrin’s Bible study was Professor Childress (you can check out his biography capsule HERE). His impressive list of degrees fails to mention that his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia was in Religious Studies. It was very interesting to hear his huge mind talk to us from a spiritual perspective last night.

Among his thoughts was the Kierkegaard prayer listed above, but I was more impressed by a quote from a Catholic existentialist thinker that I had never heard of before (and do not remember his name). Professor Childress quoted him as saying, “I spent the first part of my life learning how to tear things down; I’d like to spend the rest of it learning how to build things up.”

Quite a worthy thought.

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