paraphrasing Paul

My wife just finished reading
A Wrinkle in Time with our youngest.
When they got to the point
at which Meg Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and Mr. Murry
escape the planet Camazotz,
but Charles Wallace is left on the planet with IT,
Our eight-year-old stopped her mother.
“What happens?” she demanded,
worried about Charles Wallace.
“Well let’s keep reading and we’ll find out.”
“No, I really need to know!”
“Well, Meg has a power stronger than IT.”
“She does?”
“Yes.”
“What is it?”
“Love.”
“Love?”
“Really?
Charles Wallace will know that she loves him
and that will be how they overcome the man with the red eyes?”
“Yes.”
“Meg’s love will be stronger than the powers of IT
and she’ll be able to take him home?”
“Yes, that’s how they do it. By love.”
“I can’t wait. Hurry up and finish!”

That’s Paul, isn’t it?
To live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).
From fullness to fullness,
love now and love to come—
the abundant love that calls forth true identity
in abundant life.
I can’t wait!

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