… to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your full height against some higher nature that will show you what real smallness of your greatness is.

Phillips Brooks

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Stand at full height against “some higher nature.”  ” … some higher nature?” God.

Can we be humble without God, without a belief in God?  Without a relationship with God?  Humble in comparison to what?  To what but God?

It is difficult to imagine humility but for a belief in God.

We live in times of great conflict.  Today we will hear a speech in the U.S. Congress by the Primer Minister of Israel. Those who listen to it will realize we have drawn closer to nuclear confrontation in that last seven years.

A review of the news today tells me that the IRS is providing tax “refunds” to immigrants who have paid no taxes. And, that the public services unions in the nearly bankrupt city of Chicago are intent on gaining further control over the Mayor’s office by electing one of their own.

The benefit of this drumbeat of calamity, if it has any redeeming value, might be this: it might make one seek a relationship with “some higher nature.”

Constant calamity might revive humility, might teach us that we are not as grand as we think we are.  Perhaps, abject selfishness and pride and the material and spiritual bankruptcy it means might just reintroduce us to God.

One would think the threat of nuclear conflict might clear the nostrils and the head.  Perhaps even tenderize the heart and collapse our knees.

Godlessness and its calamity makes this blogger think that the life of a hermit in prayer is likely to be on the up-tick among those who say “enough.”

Shalom.

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