I first read this quote this morning, in a lovely illuminated edition of Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Initially, I was encouraged by it, reminding myself that it is solely by God's good grace that I am able to think a right thought about him, and to produce the fruit of love, joy peace, patience, etc that in turn creates the 'peace and sanctity of our homes'. "Interesting, that last line," I thought, ruminating on it throughout the day. "What does Martineau mean about drudgery of duty being transfigured by the glory of our own spirits? Sounds like a reference to the Transfiguration of Jesus-in this analogy, is the drudgery of duty like Christ's own physical body that he transfigured so gloriously? What glory of our own spirit is he talking about? What the heck?"" All these mild speculations as I've been chasing Hecho around, our newly bipedal son, wiping sticky paw prints (aforementioned biped) and waiting for the bus from kindergarten to drop off our eldest.
She-Ra, Princess of Power
Hey-my spirit's looking pretty good-who needs Jesus, anyway?
(ahem........where was I?) So yes, I'd say there are some definite fault lines running through this quote. Probably the biggest is that the last line doesn't line up with the first-"Nothing less than the majesty of God....", yet in the end it is the glory of our own spirits that transfigure the drudgery of duty.
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
I'll take the organic life-giving sap of the Vine over the spiritforce of She Ra and Martineau. I need the rest and the life that abiding in Jesus gives me, since I am seriously lacking in the She Ra Spirit Glory department. I think I'd make a bad Unitarian, lacking the belief in my own spiritual cojones, if you will-that, and the inability to keep a straight face.
((And then there's St. Paul, sticking his oar in:))
"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of your Lord, Jesus Christ,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him."