So, a grave misfortune has fallen upon me. In the process of switching web hosts, I lost my blog. The Nicene Nerd, of course, is still up and running, but you will find that Being in Christ is gone. I had probably not even hit 20 posts yet, but it is still disappointing. Having a blog set apart specifically to be a little more personal and accessible is valuable to me and (I think?) at least some of my readers.
So, to deal with this tragedy, I start another blog. In Whom Christ Plays will be basically the same kind of thing as Being in Christ, but hopefully this one will stick around. The title, if you are wondering, comes from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ short but delightful poem, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire.” I will quote it here in full for your enjoyment:
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
Being in Christ means Christ is in me. He is the image into which I am being molded, the pattern into which God is weaving my life, the music which plays on the instrument of my flesh. Thus this blog reflects my thoughts and experiences as I try to be one in whom Christ plays, or, as Paul put it, to live so that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living in the flesh, I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”