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We Are Made Wonderfully

We Are Made Wonderfully

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BY Clement Reginald Tollemache

'* Fearfully and wonderfully made — Psalm cxxxix. 14.
BY Clement Reginald Tollemache

'* Fearfully and wonderfully made — Psalm cxxxix. 14.

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Published by: glennpease on Sep 28, 2013
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WE ARE MADE WODERFULLYBY Clement Reginald Tollemache'* Fearfully and wonderfully made — Psalm cxxxix. 14.We read to-day of the origin of all things. Straight-way our thoughts go back into that chaos when theearth was formless and empty and void ; and we aretold how the Grood Father brought form out of con-fusion, and beauty out of disorder, and fulness out of void, and light out of darkness, till at length the earthstood out in fair array, teeming with wondrous formson land, and water, and in air, and all creation joinedin one grand hum of unconscious praise to its Creator.Ah ! but one thing yet remained : everything wasgood that God had made ; but Man was the last Crea-tion, and not till Grod had made man in His own imagedid He pronounce His creation v&ry good.For the Creation had then come forth perfect out of the mind of God. It was the expression of thethoughts of God ; it was so to speak like a poem orpicture or master-piece of harmony d.vj^(^Ma% ^cycc^ -e^14Eternity in God, but at length moving into outwardform that God might see before Him the reflexion of His own love, and might rejoice in it and, in itshighest work of all, might see and love "H"i> own
likeness and for ever have His "delights with thesons of men."The popular theology of the day does not representman as * fearfully and wonderfully made.' Scientificmen will tell you indeed that he is a wonderful pieceof mechanism, regarded as a simple animal, or that heis a marvellous combination of certain chemical sub-stances, and so on. But this is not what the Psalmistmeant, David was thinking of man as God's work when he said, " I will give thanks unto Thee for I amfearfully and wonderfiilly made. My substance wasnot hid from Thee when I was made in secret andcuriously "wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect,and in thy book were all my members written, whichday by day were fashioned, when as yet there wasnone of them."And yet, notwithstanding all this care in feshioningthe body of one who is God's Image, the populartheology of the day talks about the body as if it werea mere temporary covering of the soul w^hich we throwoff for ever as useless when we die. O England,when wilt thou be Catholic once more ? When thoseArticles of the Faith, " I believe in the Communion of Saints and the Resurrection of the Body " are en-shrined, not only in a glorious confession of feith, but15in the hearts of our people, and the faithful departedare once more openly restored to that place in ourprayers which now, save by implication, knows themno more — God help us !
Anyhow, let us get out of that way which somegood but mistaken people indulge, of talking of thebody as if it were only an evil thing which we shall bewell rid of when we die.For the perfect state, that one in which we werecreated, can only be realised in the union of body andBoul. By that union man was made in the likenessof G-od. By the union of that nature with the natureof God, Christ came and redeemed our Mien stateand made the bodies of Christians what St. Paul callsthem, " temples of the Holy Ghost." The body there-fore is the natural dwelling place of the soul, aye, morethan that, the very companion and handmaid of thesoul — ^made to serve its purposes and minister to itswiU, and obey its directions.The body is nearly always ready to be our servant,my friends. We need but wOl, and ordinarily we canmake our bodies do what we want — ]£ it be only withinhuman power.Well now, these few days of preparation for Lent,remind us of a use of our bodies by which theymay be made to serve our souls. I need not sayI do not sympathise with those who would drownall mirth, and cheer, and good fellowship. I believeth^y unconsciously do the devil's own work. Butthere is a time for aU things, and the Holy Season16to which Septiiagesima is leading us, reminds us of ahigher purpose for which our bodies were made, ahigher purpose than feasting, and dancing, and merry-making, and more capable of giving us lasting joy and

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