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anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you indicate any fic that include the exchange of letters or Morse code? Thanks :)

Hi Nonny! 

Absolutely! I’ve made a fic rec list here for Epistolary / Letters / Texting awhile back; here are some additional related-topic fics I’ve finished recently that I haven’t added yet:

Achieving the Together-Coloured Instant by teahigh (E, 20,776 w. || Est. Rel, PTSD, Codependency, Fluff & Angst, H/C, Smut, Demisexual Sherlock, Experiments) – John wonders if this is how it’s going to be: A life speaking in code, because they’re both too stupid to figure out how to say, “I love you.”

Don’t Leave Anything Out by lookupkate (E, 27,422w. || Epistolary, Falling in Love, Misunderstandings, Alternate First Meeting) – The first letter John writes home from Afghanistan is meant to go to a woman he went on only one date with. How it ends up in Sherlock’s hands is completely innocent. What happens next is not. What do you do when you find out the person you’re in love with has been lying about something as monumental as who they are? What do you do when you’re the one who lied? How on earth do you put the pieces back together?

between each beat are words unsaid by darcylindbergh, hudders-and-hiddles (T, 107,998 w. || Epistolary, Slow Burn, Friends to Lovers, Angst, Happy Ending) – On their wedding night, John and Sherlock gift each other with the things they each said when the other could not hear, the things they each put down where the other could not see: a collection of writings that illustrate the way their love for one another has grown over the years. Part 1 of between each beat

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And here are a couple Morse Code fics I have tagged in my bookmarks!

Tap by doctorcaseyholmes (G, 896 w. || Fluff, Morse Code, First Kiss, Love Confessions) – Sherlock finds an unobtrusive way to let out his feelings for John.

Extraordinary by queenoftrivia (G, 2860 w. || Fluff, Marriage Proposal, Morse Code, Est. Rel, Violins) – Sherlock’s deduced that John’s going to Italy to buy him a violin. Even the greatest detective alive makes a few mistakes.

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I hope these will keep you satisfied, Nonny! Feel free, all, to add your own! I know there are way more out there, possibly I’ve read a few more than this, just haven’t had time to go through my bookmarks! Still categorizing all 1000+ bookmarks I have so I can share the world with y’all!

Did you ever think that God might best be imagined not by a noun but as a verb? This is something that has struck me in the last several years, and I have been fascinated by the discovery. While all the qualities of personhood are in God, rather than thinking about God as just some kind of “person” “up there” or “out there,” I’ve begun to think about God as a Movement, an Embrace, a Flow—moving through the cosmos and history, embracing wounded and suffering creation, flowing through the smallest subatomic particle as well as the most complex organisms. There is no place in this vast universe or in the hearts of women and men that God, as theologian Elizabeth Johnson says, is not “drawing near and passing by.”

Imagining God as a verb might sound very new and maybe even radical, but I don’t think it is. Think of Thomas Aquinas’s description of God as “pure act.” Or think of Bonaventure’s idea that God is “self-diffusive love” (paraphrased by CTU professor Tony Gittins as “love hitting the cosmic fan”!). The great medieval woman mystic Mechtilde of Magdeburg spoke about the “restless Godhead,” an “overflow … which never stands still and always flows effortlessly and without ceasing …” And, of course, most fundamental of all, the First Letter of John says that “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Not a person who loves, but love itself.

—  “God is A Verb.” by Steve Bevan (Catholic Theological Union)

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Delayed Messiah – A Contemplative Blog by Orlando Pearson, Creator of the Redacted Sherlock Homes Series

In the first letter of St John written in about 100 AD, the Evangelist declares (Chapter II v 18) that the Messiah’s return is imminent.

And yet, despite the passage of nearly two thousand years, we still wait.

One possible reason for the Messiah’s apparent non-return is that John was simply a few millennia out in his estimate. Divinely inspired prophecy is an inexact science and John the Evangelist’s understanding of imminence may have been different from ours.

It was when reading Black Peter that I noted Sherlock Holmes’s disappointment when Stanley Hopkins failed to look for an alternative hypothesis. Inspired by this, I decided it was worth at least three pipes to see if I could come up with an alternative solution to the problem of the delayed Messiah. It struck me that if the Messiah had returned and we had failed to recognise him, this would explain the facts as they are presented to us just as well as a longer than expected delay in his return.

Accordingly, I took it upon myself to investigate the truly outstanding individuals of the last 2,000 years to see whether any of them might in fact have been unrecognised Messiahs.  I examined all the candidates I could think of - Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Donald Bradman, William Shakespeare etc. In each case I ran up against the same problem – outstanding though their lives were, their final demise is well attested while the second coming is supposed to coincide with the Apocalypse. 

I had consumed my third pipe and was about to conclude that the wait for the return of the Messiah was indeed simply a bit longer than St John anticipated, when I realised that while I felt I knew Holmes’ methods, I was not in fact applying them. 

Holmes is the master of eliminating suspects in his investigations – as he says in the Sign of Four, “If you know you are looking for a man who smoked an Indian Lunkah, it limits your field of research.”  

My unrecognised Messiah needed to be someone with super-human powers, who has returned from the dead and whose ultimate departure had not yet been confirmed. 

Once this insight had struck me, I realized that I had drawn a net around my Messiah candidate so closely that his identification could not escape me.

Sherlock Holmes himself offers all of the requisites and, as I investigated further, it became clear that the parallels between the life of Holmes as penned by Dr John Watson are strikingly the closest to the life of Christ as presented in the gospel of St John.

Quite apart from both Christ and Holmes having a mysterious birth, both arising from apparent death, and both never having a verified final departure from this vale of tears, consider the following:

·       Both perform miracles of deduction – compare the identification by Christ of the Samarian woman at the well as a woman with five husbands (a story found only in John at Chapter IV: v 17) with Holmes’s observations about Jabez Wilson in The Red Headed League.

·       John’s gospel alone contains the Wedding Feast at Cana where Christ’s mission starts when he turns water into wine (Chapter II v’s 1-12). In Watson’s chronicling of Sherlock Holmes, the first miracle is in the Gloria Scott where a Justice of the Peace turns to drink.

·       John’s Gospel closes with the comment (Chapter XXI v’s 21-25) that if Christ’s activities post Resurrection were written down, the world could not hold all the books. Such is the magnitude of Holmes’s achievements after his return from the apparent dead that, but for improvements in data storage in the last two thousand years, there is no knowing how the chronicling of such output might be contained.

John’s Gospel is famous for containing seven miracles; it is perhaps not surprising that identification of Sherlock Holmes as the Messiah leads me to seven further observations:

  1. Identification of Sherlock Holmes as the returned Messiah is a four     pipe problem.
  2. God is an Englishman – although I think most of us     knew this already.
  3. As the returned Messiah, we should not be surprised that Holmes     achieves results beyond normal mortals.
  4. That John the Evangelist and John Watson share a first name, and     that the former anticipates the latter, is proof of the Universe’s     intelligent design.
  5. Watson is ripe for canonisation as St John the Chronicler - to     avoid confusion with St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist. I     have already written to the Pope to suggest this although he has not yet     had time to reply.
  1. Sherlock Holmes is with us even though his last     recorded case was in 1914. Maybe his return, his recognition and the     concomitant launch of the Apocalypse are closer than we think.
  2. Most people are likely to be somewhat downcast by     the thought of mankind’s imminent destruction in a froth of boiling metal     and brimstone.

Nevertheless, it may console some to think that in the event of an Apocalypse, there can be no further justification for the continued suppression of the story of the Giant Rat of Sumatra.

We will be ready for it.

Is there no way for two friendly souls to converse together, although the bodies are four hundred miles off. Yes, by letter. But I want a better communication. I want to hear you think, or to see your thoughts. The conclusion of your letter makes my heart throb more than a cannonade would. You bid me burn your letters. But I must forget you first.
—  A letter from John Adams to Abigail
Is there no way for two friendly souls to converse together, although the bodies are four hundred miles off. Yes, by letter. But I want a better communication. I want to hear you think, or to see your thoughts. The conclusion of your letter makes my heart throb more than a cannonade would. You bid me burn your letters. But I must forget you first.
—  A letter from John Adams to Abigail