W.H. Auden – Faith and Sight

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“Christ did not enchant men; He demanded that they believe in Him: except on one occasion, the Transfiguration. For a brief while, Peter, James, and John were permitted to see Him in His glory. For that brief while they had no need of faith. The vision vanished, and the memory of it did not prevent them from all forsaking Him when He was arrested, or Peter from denying that he had ever known Him.”

… W. H. Auden (1907-1973), A Certain World, London: Faber and Faber, 1971, p. 150

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Philip Yancey – Redemption for Traitors

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“How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died.”

… Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 285

Imagine Dragons – Smoke and Mirrors

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“Smoke and Mirrors”

This is my word
This is my way
Show me a sign
Sweep me awayThis is my word,
Heartbreaker, gatekeeper
I’m feeling far away, I’m feeling right there

Deep in my heart, deep in my mind
Take me away, take me away
This is my word
Dream maker, life taker
Open up my mind

[Chorus:]
All I believe
is it a dream
that comes crashing down on me
All that I hope
is it just smoke and mirrors
I want to believe …
But all that I hope
is it just smoke and mirrors

All that I’ve known
buildings of stone
Fall to the ground
without a sound
This is my word
Heart breaker, gatekeeper
I’m feeling far away, I’m feeling right there

I’m starting to cave
I’m losing my flame
I wanted your truth
but I wanted the pain
to disappear
Dream maker, life taker
Open up my mind

[Chorus]

Believe
I want to believe…

[Chorus]