August 28, 2005

destroy cloy!


In honor of all of my North Hills friends, I have created this shirt. In case you can't quite make out the words from the picture, it says, "destroy cloy!" And then, "in anticipation of the full joy" is the small print below it.

I added it to my store in response to the sermon this morning. I am not going to go into a full explanation right now, but I will say that a proper understanding of the word cloy is necessary to appreciate this shirt.

cloy - to disgust through an excess (usually from what was originally pleasing).

And we all experience cloy. Children experience it with a new toy, or toy cloy, as my pastor called it. You can experience it with a song, with a person, with an activity, etc. And the more you think about it, the more it seems like almost everything is prone to cloy... we are wired for cloy. Yet the Psalmist says,

"You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
~~ Psalm 16:11


This is, in the words of my pastor, cloyless joy! It is hard for our minds to conceive of this.

If you would like a more detailed explanation of "destroy cloy!" then you need to listen to the rest of the August 28th sermon here.

In the meantime...