I was reminded of this quote the other day.
“He wanted to sink so low that in the future all falling would be a falling into him, and every streamlet of bitterness and despair would henceforth run down into his lowermost abyss.” Hans Urs Von Balthasar ”The Heart of the World”
The quote “all falling would be a falling into him” has been ringing through my head over the last two days. Sometimes a poetic restatement of something you already knew, at least intellectually, hits you at another level. I can recite every day “Jesus I trust in you” and still need to be reminded of what that trust entails and my need for mercy.
“for the righteous falls seven times and rises again” (Pr 24:16)
It is not with our own power that we rise again; it is all sheer grace.