Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same
Decaying more and more
Till he became
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously,
And sing this day Thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.
My tender age in sorrow did begin;
And still with sicknesses and shame
Thou didst so punish sin,
That I became
Let me combine
And feel this day Thy victory;
For, if I imp my wing on Thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
—George Herbert in
The Country of the Risen KingIt Was Called Resurrection
Whatever it was that occurred after Jesus' crucifixion, one thing is absolutely clear: It was called "resurrection." Of that there can be no doubt. All who were met by it called it the same thing. However unclear many things may be about alleged meetings with Jesus after his death, there was a consensus in the community that whatever it was that people were experiencing, the correct term for it was resurrection. This meant that they had experienced and tasted the first fruits of the expected event at the end time of judgment and redemption.
—Thomas C. Oden in
Agenda for Theology After Modernity … What?
"Oh, you're real, you're real! Oh, Aslan!" cried Lucy and both girls flung themselves upon him and covered him with kisses.
"But what does it all mean?" asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would ...1