The temptation to self-protect

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2016

“In His last hours, in His abandonment . . . He [Jesus] breaks the temptation to self-protect- – and gives the vulnerability of Himself.”- Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 2 of The Broken Way by describing a dare for the next leg of her journey.  Eucharisteo comprised the first leg.  However, the second leg leads higher up and deeper in.  And the dare — let all the not-enough in her broken hands become broken into more than enough.  In other words, Ms. Voskamp expresses this as a dare to let all her brokenness transform into abundance.

As a result, the safest embrace embodies a way of being wanted, held, and found in the midst of falling apart. Therefore, Ann analyzes Jesus’ response in His last hours and abandonment:

“Jesus doesn’t look for something to fill the broken and alone places; He takes and gives thanks. . . . In the midst of intimate betrayal, He doesn’t defend or drown Himself in addicting distraction; He breaks and is given – – He gives His life . . . . Out of the fullness of the grace He has received, He thanks, and breaks, and gives away — and He makes a way for life-giving communion.  A broken way.”

Ann admits this makes no rational sense.  However, she adds, the greatest truths always are the greatest paradox.”  In a sense, a kind of communion appears in a trinity of brokenness:

  1. broken places
  2. broken people
  3. becoming broken and given

Perhaps, Ann wonders, shattered places with broken people bring us nearest to the heart of Christ.  First, brokenness gives way to abundance.  Then, that abundance- next broken and given- gives way to an ever greater abundance.

Today’s question: During your desert, land between time, how have you given in to the temptation to self-protect?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “How remembering becomes a healing”

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