The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rehabilitation or re-creation


Rehabilitation or re-creation

Many people want rehabilitation, that is, they want their lives to be returned to their former level of functioning. Knowing there are some things out of order in their lifestyles or their bodies, they join a self-help improvement group or go to a physical therapist. Many people treat their spiritual lives as programs in rehabilitation. The message of Christmas is that the Christ child did not come into the world to rehabilitate humanity; he came to re-create us, to make us new. Many people treat their faith as a self-improvement program: nothing could be further from the truth. An encounter with Jesus leads to the birth of a new power in us. This new power produces in us a new life which cannot be accomplished by human efforts of moral goodness or moral aspirations. The very rightness of God is born in us and wants to be released in us as we give our wills to the Will. – Ron Friesen

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