Every Hot and Humid Gift: On Kierkegaard, James and Gratitude


Liam Thatcher

I don’t handle the heat very well. I get really uncomfortable when it’s humid and it makes me grouchy. Conversely, I don’t really feel the cold. So I own one jumper, which I wear approximately once a year if I happen to be ill. And I would happily wear t-shirts and shorts all year round if it were socially acceptable. Couple the heat with hay fever, and I’m not the biggest fan of Summer!

Towards the beginning of his letter, James writes:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ (James 1:17)

These words are heart-warming, but also deeply challenging. Søren Kierkegaard writes that we are so often guilty of wanting…

…God’s ideas about what was good for you to be the same as yours and wanting the proof that He was Creator of…

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