Le petit mort

This post is an excerpt from an upcoming devotional on sex. Stay tuned! Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! (Revelation 1:17b-18a NIV) Some years ago I was introduced to the phrase “le petit mort,” which means “the little death.” It’s been around for centuries, and has come to be associated with orgasm. As Christians we struggle with the idea of our own mortality. We live within the tension of fear and anticipation. Death is both an ending and a beginning; alpha and omega reversed. We get understandably nervous about endings because what comes next can’t be k

The Word became FLESH

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17 ESV) The scriptures are saturated with sensory descriptions. The Song of Solomon is filled with the taste of figs and the scent of myrrh sachets. The sights and smells of the temple are lavishly detailed: the sheen of precious metals; the odors of specially mi

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