New Word of the Day — “EUCATASTROPHE”

Missional Field Notes

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The following is a morning devotional from Skye Jethani from this week:

The Advent of Jesus Christ is what sets Christianity apart from other religions. We affirm that Christ is indeed Immanuel—God with us—and that in him the fulness of God was pleased to dwell. He is the image of the invisible God and with Jesus, an entirely different way of relating to God has been revealed to us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, often employed a narrative device in his stories he called eucatastrophe. A catastrophe is an unexpected evil, but Tolkien added the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good” to express the unexpected appearing of goodness. He defined it as “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings you to tears.” It has this effect on us “because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth” in…

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