autobiographical essay, “The Crack Up,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “The test of
a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at
the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
Niels Bohr once said: “A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great
faithful life often demands that I live in creative tension—in the push and
pull, the give and take, of truths.
universe itself, but God is also as near to us as our own breath.
conceive, but also more loving and compassionate than we can imagine.
were made for love, belonging, and community.
fully human and fully divine, and he said, among other paradoxical things,
things to be right, for they shall be satisfied.”
them but those who lose their lives for my sake will find them.”
servants of all.”
from the dust of the ground, but we breathe the breath of God’s own life.
and spirit, animal and angle, sinners and saints.
to the ground by gravity and have dreams of soaring.
eternity in our hearts and get bogged down by the details of everyday
treasure of the good news in the clay jars of our humanity.
but responsible. We have the capacity to
do great good but also severe harm.
Madonna or Mother Theresa, Bonhoeffer or Hitler, Bull Connor or Martin Luther
over again, I pray and live this paradoxical prayer: “I believe; help my