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It’s Hard to Tell the Difference

I cannot make myself happy, but I can remind myself to believe. I can say, "Whether I feel it or not, I believe the Scriptures."

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Evidently a Nobody

Humbling words from Calvin (here quoted by Spurgeon). Despite our proud resistance of the fact, God does not need us; but in His grace, He allows us to play a small part in His grand and continuing storyline of redemption. “It is of the utmost importance to us to be kept humble. Consciousness of self-importance […]

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Where Extremity Cowers

Between the blinding bliss of day-span And sightless doom of night Comes the mingling hours. When the soul, mellowed by eventide aspect Looks upon life in the still half light Where extremity cowers. Where, gone from the glare of over-sated mirth And midnight dearth of dark dismay, The soul beholds the sketch of the day […]

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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 Work of Weeping and the Labor of a Laugh

It is a difficult thing, you know, to rejoice with those who rejoice. Perhaps for some, it is not; for me it is. To lay aside my own perspective and enter fully into the experience of another is a vulnerable thing, a frightening thing. And what if I am asked to celebrate a blessing bestowed […]

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George Herbert: Marie Magdalene 1633

Marie Magdalene. When blessed Marie wip’d her Saviours feet, Whose precepts she had trampled on before And wore them for a jewell on her head, Shewing his steps should be the street, Wherein she thenceforth evermore With pensive humblenesse would live and tread: She being stain’d her self, why did she strive To make him […]