Sunday, February 18, 2007

And, you know, he's got emotional problems, man.

A poem from my youth that I found/find particularly insightful was Richard Cory. (See also song by that name by the greatness of Simon & Garfunkel.)

It's a story about a man who was envied by many because he was winsome in conversation, elegant in appearance, and weathy among the needy.

However, all of these were not enough. He had problems not solved by all that he had going for him.

Richard Cory
Whenever Richard Cory went downtown,
We people on the pavement looked at him:

He was a gentleman from sole to crown,

Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,

And he was always human when he talked;

But still he fluttered pulses when he said,

“Good morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich -- yes, richer than a king,

And admirably schooled in every grace:

In fine, we thought that he was everything

To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,

And went without the meat, and cursed the bread,

And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,

Went home and put a bullet through his head.

---- Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Such a poem may or may not have intended meaning that points to the universal need humans have for that which transcends them, a relationship with God.

Like Augustine said, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you, O Lord.

One can have a multitude of stuff and be discontent, even trying to find contentment in drugs or alcohol or excitement. Conversely, like Paul we learn to be content in want or in plenty, because we can do all things through Christ, who gives us the strength to be content (Phil 4:11-13).

If after looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places you've yet to see the source of contentment, I encourage you to find contentment in Christ.

Not only is He God who took on humanity, but after living a perfect, holy, and sinless life He was murdered as an expression of humanity's hatred for God and as an execution of God's loving plan for humanity (Acts 2:22-24).

His resurrection from the dead shows God's acceptance of His death as payment for the sins of His people (John 10:11). Trust in Jesus Christ for payment for your sin, turning from your self, your sinfulness, and your pursuit of joy in inferior things. Doing so brings justification, a right standing with God through Christ.

For those who believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, Richard Cory makes sense. It makes sense to us that a person could seemingly have it all, yet have nothing in reality. Conversely, if one has Christ, though he/she seemingly has nothing else, he/she has it all.



At 18 February, 2007 23:23, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

That's good stuff Gun. Thanks!

At 20 February, 2007 16:50, Blogger GUNNY said...

Thanks, brother.

Oh ... can you believe Simon & Garfunkel?! Stealing my material?!

Don't forget to list to
Horhay's sermon
from Sunday morning.


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