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Month: July 2011

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The Motion of a Hidden Fire

Prayer described. PRAYER is the soul’s sincere desire, Utter’d or unexpress’d; The motion of a hidden fire, That trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, The falling of a tear; The upward glancing of an eye, When none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech That infant […]

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The Language of Pain in Poetry

About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along. —W.H. Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts” Pain—has an Element of Blank— It cannot recollect When it begun—or if there were A […]

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The Pause of the King Repeated

"Jesus Christ is no dead Christ who is to be remembered only. He is a living Christ who, at this moment, is all that He ever was, and is doing in loftier fashion all the gracious things that He did upon earth. That pause of the King is repeated now, and the quick ear which […]

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Majesty Mingled with Mud

Lord, the dust on Your feet mingled with the oil from the jar, and the hard heart of humanity scowled at it all. You were here with us, one of us; majesty mingled with mud. ‘Twas mercy called You hence — yes and justice that answered. For, marred in the deadly grapple with sin, the […]

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Costly Compassion and the Hard History of Love

What he saw in her face would remain with him forever. It was pity, but it was more than that. It was hurt love that seemed to include entirely the hurt man.

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The Scales of Grace in Equipoise

“When God is about to do any of His great works, He first silently prepares all for it. Not only the good seed to be scattered, but the breaking up of the soil for its reception is His. Instrumentalities, unrecognized at the time, are silently at work; and, together with the good gift to be […]