Friday, April 25, 2014

The Good in Symbols

I grew up in a church tradition that looked upon incense and vestments and candles as almost idolatrous because they focused the mind on palpable things which might take the place of the purely spiritual.  Yet as long as we recognize the incense for what it is - a symbol of the fragrance that Christ imparts to his church by his sacrifice and the sweet savor of the giving of ourselves as living sacrifices back to him - then it may be a good use of our physical senses to remind us of spiritual truth.

-- Dr. Paul Brand, God's Forever Feast: Letting God Satisfy Your Deepest Hunger

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