Strange wonder and secure welcome

“[W]e need this life of practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome. We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.”

G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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While part of Chesterton’s introductory defence for the writing of Orthodoxy, I think this also speaks to the unique power of the incarnation.

Jesus – like us in so many ways, and yet so completely other. In Him we find both the strange wonder and the secure welcome.




Lindsey Gallant
Seeker of God in the ordinary, bearer of beautiful news, pilgrim on a life of prayer.