The Law of Limits (For Richard Hooker, Theologian)

Law…is bound up with the compatible variety of things in the universe…In creating, God chooses to make a world of limits – that’s what creation is; his purpose being to secure the greatest possible variety of imitations of his own being, a complex of realities each…’participating’, sharing in his own being in a unique.
(Rowan Williams, The Richard Hooker Lecture, October 2005)
Finite made from infinite,
The space for life to flourish, yet
The ceiling and the walls contain
The place for quiet, rich submission,
Pregnant with the fullness of
Life and what it is to be
Made inside the image of
One beyond imagination.
So kings wear crowns and bishops mitres,
Churches have walls and floors;
Spirits are contained in bodies,
Yet the Body grows beyond its comprehension.
History is time and place
And story bursting inside walls
And quiet, rich submission in
The boundaries of vast creation.

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