The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 79

“I have a hard time relating. They talk about shoes,” she said. “I can’t get over the idea of feet.”

She looked at her feet.

“I mean, what’s the deal with feet?”

She looked up.

“You’re the only person I can say this to.”

“Thinking about ideas – it’s called transcendence,” he said. “One of the ways we reflect the image of God.”

She squinted and looked at her feet again.

“But God is also imminent,” he said. “He’s not just out there thinking big ideas. He’s in the moment. He enjoys the details. He likes that the cardinal is red. Not just that the cardinal is.”

She felt like going shoe shopping. That was a first. And she felt okay about it. She said as much.

“My work here is done,” he said.

He thought he’d been cut for nobler purposes. He reminded himself God cares about the details too.

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 78

She set down her luggage and closed the front door.

“What if the universe is built on relationship?” he said.

“Atom to atom. Force to force. Created to Creator.

“What if, one day, the created king and queen of creation broke relationship with the Creator.

“This universe, defined by relationship, would contort around the breech.

“Warped at its core, growing still but twisted now. Nothing would escape the effect. You. Me. Us.

“What if what we were is so much more glorious than what we are that you’d be right to call what happened death.

“The question then isn’t why are things here so broken.

“The question is why does anything hold together at all?

“The answer is love.

“Love of the Creator for the created despite terrible wrongs. That same love reflected in us.”

He paused.

“What did you break?” she said.

“It wasn’t my fault,” he said.