What an intriguing word. The Merriam Webster Dictionary follows it immediately with the equally intriguing “adjective mul·ti·va·lent \ˌməl-tē-ˈvā-lənt, -ˌtī-, especially in sense 3 ˌməl-ˈti-və-\” (“sense 3 being “having many values, meanings, or appeals”.

There are some interesting comments by readers and contributors on the site too:

“art is multivalent” Lili Fulton Co-founder at Tea With Shakespeare/ Lili’s Book Box
“… images of the serpent and its multivalent representations.”
“… the multivalent character of parables” Susan Anholt
“Life is messy and multivalent.Julie Orringer from April 2014 issue of O Magazine – 20 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself (Question 3 – Am I With The Right Person?)
“It is this movement towards the imagination, towards questioning the ‘parallel realties’ that we inhabit, the modes of living that we aspire to, and the ‘truth’ that we believe in, which activates these works towards a multivalent modality of a ‘thinking’ photography.” (Hammad Nasar. From ‘Spirit Pulling’ to ‘Thinking’ Photography. Where Three Dreams Cross. pp 17)

“The practice of trying to be human is attended to by the Spirit, whose reason for being is to orient individuals intersubjectively to truth. If proposals regarding the canon’s unity are to coexist in a community that works out their truths, then the stance accepting anticipatory unity is trust—Spirit-filled trust attentive to the multivalent of truth’s unity.” Kenneth Gray, Missionary at InFaith

The Oxford Dictionary adds to this, “Having or susceptible of many applications, interpretations, meanings, or values: visually complex and multivalent work”.

The suffering God

“God lets himself be pushed out of the world on to the cross… He is weak and powerless in the world, and that is precisely the way, the only way, in which he is with us and helps us. [The Bible] … makes quite clear that Christ helps us, not by virtue of his omnipotence, but by virtue of his weakness and suffering. … The Bible directs man to God’s powerlessness and suffering; only the suffering God can help.”

“To be a Christian does not mean to be religious in a particular way, to make something of oneself (a sinner, a penitent, or a saint) on the basis of some method or other, but to be a man—not a type of man, but the man that Christ creates in us. It is not the religious act that makes the Christian, but participation in the sufferings of God in the secular life.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Thy Kingdom come

The following quote has been used, with appreciation, from “The Lord’s Prayer and the Nazis” by Nijay Gupta, May 6, 2016,

“Ultimately, praying ‘Thy kingdom come’ is a very dangerous prayer – at least it was meant to be. Think about it this way – in 1937, New Testament theologian Ernst Käsemann was arrested for his resistance to National Socialism in Nazi Germany. The major catalyst for his arrest was a sermon he gave on Isaiah 26:13 – “O Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but we acknowledge your name alone.” In the audience were some Gestapo officials who reported him to authorities on the charge of treason. He was jailed for almost a month. For Käsemann, to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus, the “Kingdom of God,” was to challenge the evil kings of the world (see Psalm 2) – and they do not like to be challenged.”

“When we pray “Thy kingdom come,” it is not just praying, God do what you want, and I will sit here and wait patiently. It is a missional prayer – I look around me and I see the horror of the “kingdoms of the world and their glory” when they submit to the devil (Matt 4:8), and I long for the virtues of the “Kingdom of God” as imagined in the Beatitudes – humility (5:4), empathy (5:5), integrity (5:6), mercy and grace (5:7), transparency (5:8), seeking goodwill for all (5:9), and courage to do what is right no matter what (5:10).”