I wish I had seen it all those many months before.(.)Lindsey is a , reader, and mom who is slowly learning to trade perfectionism for freedom.
The little supper with his companions, one of whom has already sold him for a price; the anguish in the quiet moon-lit garden; the false friend coming close to him so as to betray him with a kiss; the friend who still believed in him, and on whom as on a rock he had hoped to build a house of refuge for Man, denying him as the bird cried to the dawn; his own utter loneliness, his submission, his acceptance of everything; and along with it all such scenes as the high priest of orthodoxy rending his raiment in wrath, and the magistrate of civil justice calling for water in the vain hope of cleansing himself of that stain of innocent blood that makes him the scarlet figure of history; the coronation ceremony of sorrow, one of the most wonderful things in the whole of recorded time; the crucifixion of the Innocent One before the eyes of his mother and of the disciple whom he loved; the soldiers gambling and throwing dice for his clothes; the terrible death by which he gave the world its most eternal symbol; and his final burial in the tomb of the rich man, his body swathed in Egyptian linen with costly spices and perfumes as though he had been a king's son.
The appearance of the first city [after the flood, built byNimrod] goes back in the story of Cain and Abel, when Cain wentout and built a city. It illustrated the hunger of humanity tohuddle together for companionship, even though they were not reallyready to do it (as they still, obviously, are not ready to livetogether successfully in cities). God's final intention is tobuild a city for man. Abraham looked for "a city which hasfoundations, whose builder and maker is God." But man wasnot yet ready for that. Now here they are, again ready to builda city to satisfy the desires of body and soul. There is nothingthat does this better than for human beings to live together incities. Cities are centers of commercial and business life whereall the needs of the body can best be met. Also, cities are centersof pleasure and culture, where all the hungers of the soul canbe satisfied: hunger for beauty, art, and music and all the ingredientsof culture.