“The Psalms are the words of Christ. Christ is the word (logos) made flesh. Because Jesus calls himself the word made flesh (and not the “theme” made flesh or the “paraphrase” made flesh), we take him at his word. We do not rewrite or revise God’s word. Rather, we live it. We live it when it fills us with joy. We live it when we are frightened. We live it in his grace. We live the word and it endures through each personal trial and each disappointment. We live the word and it endures through the faithful presence of God’s Holy Spirit working through us. His faithful presence becomes our faithful presence. It is known through the senses, like the oil on Mary’s hair, oil that she rubbed into our Savior’s cracked and pained feet, and oil that she wiped off with the most intimate resource she had: her own hair” (p. 93).

Reading: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. —Psalm 119:105

Selections from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2012). Used with permission.