The story is told of an old woman living in Ireland who delighted in the sermons of a certain Irish preacher. She had resided in an inexpensive basement apartment until she heard this man preach several times. Then she moved out of the dark, basement apartment and into a sunny “upstairs” apartment. Because she had to sacrifice many things in order to live in the more expensive housing, a friend asked her why she had made the move. She replied “Oh, you can’t hear that holy man preach and go on living in a basement!” It wasn’t the preacher, of course, it was the good Lord — shining through that preacher and into her life.
Sometimes we find it difficult to express in words the deep experiences of our common humanity. For example, who could ever find the right words to describe what it is like when God comes to us in Jesus Christ to raise us up out of the spiritual “basement,” so…
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