The Second Sunday After Christmas
I have recovered from my virus and I attended Worship Service this morning at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. [I missed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship.] However, it is still the Season of Christmas [The Twelve Days of Christmas] so I enjoyed singing Christmas carols & hymns this morning.
Today, I want to share with you a link to an article:
The article is entitled, The Triumph of the Eye, by Dr. Ralph Wood, a Baylor University Professor of Theology and Literature. The article originally appeared in the journal, Christian Reflection, Issue 33, the theme of which was Women and the Church. This journal is published by Baylor University’s Department of Philosophy: Center for Christian Ethics, www.ChristianEthics.ws
Both my daughter, Haley, and her husband, Daniel, have taken courses from Dr. Wood at Baylor University. Dr. Wood and his wife, Suzanne, have been friends and mentors to Daniel, Haley, Stephen, and me.
You can read more about Dr. Wood at http://homepages.baylor.edu/ralph_wood
I hope you will thoughtfully read the entire article. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite:
. . . In a society ever more determined by visual appeal, men begin to desire women who conform to a certain shape and look perpetually young. Women, in turn, strive to conform to eye-driven male desire. How can we reshape imagination to prefer spiritual vision to mere sight?
. . . The giant success of the American cosmetic surgery business and the pervasiveness of eating disorders are markers of what C. S. Lewis calls the demonic triumph of the eye . . . .
. . . Regarding our face as our most distinguishing characteristic, C. S. Lewis insists that we cannot have true faces apart from true faith in God. There are huge implications for overcoming the devilish deceits of the eye in our time . . .
. . . Almost all the icons of the Virgin Mary depict her with dark half-circles under her eyes. Far from marring her beauty, these signs of suffering actually enhance her beauty. . . .
I was captivated by the truth which Dr. Wood so perfectly articulates. I began the journey of the past six months with a prayer: that pure silver would emerge out of the refining fire and that beauty would arise out of the ashes of suffering. I imagine that I am not yet done with suffering and refining in this life. However, I have been formed and transformed by the events of the past six months. Therefore, today, I begin to spell my name differently, to signify the intention of my changed life: seeking to become wise in vision, not sight, and having a new understanding of the concept of suffering and its relationship to beauty.
Phase One of therapy is now over. Four Rounds of Chemotherapy was the irreducible minimum. Ideally, Dr. Carroll wanted me to have Six Rounds of Chemotherapy but, since three of the four rounds sent me to the Walk-In Clinic and two rounds sent me also to the ER, Stephen and I asked Dr. Carroll if we could stop after the Fourth Round.
Phase Two of therapy begins tomorrow morning, when Stephen & I travel to Gainesville, to Dr. Carroll’s office, where I will be infused with Herceptin, once every three weeks. This Phase Two will continue until October, 2010.