Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Batter my heart, three-person'd God

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

[John Donne]

without anger or quarreling

"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling." 1 Timothy 2:8

At home, at work, in Congress...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

what's it worth

"The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?"

[Percy Bysshe Shelley]

a lump in the throat

"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."

[Robert Frost]

a thousand times

"I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once."

[Thomas Wolfe]

July 9, 1937: On this day, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to Thomas Wolfe, advising his fellow author to write shorter novels. Wolfe responded with a letter eight times as long as Fitzgerald's.

in search of a bird

"I am a cage in search of a bird."

[Franz Kafka]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

spinning

This week, the world is spinning.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

He will hurt deeply

"Whom God would use greatly, He will hurt deeply." 

[A. W. Tozer]

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Jesus wasn't omni-liked

"When we crave being liked by all, we desire something God doesn’t even possess. Jesus certainly wasn’t omni-liked. In fact, omni-acceptance goes against the grain of the provocative message of Jesus." - Rusty McKie

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

a good bit of psychology

"... The real cure for most of our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and the glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all. Now that is a good bit of psychology. The trouble with our generation, and let us not be too hard on ourselves, is that we are living in a very difficult age. We have had to face problems which mankind has scarcely ever had to face in such an acute form, and such an age always tends to produce morbidity, a concern about oneself. We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result, we are all of us concerned about self, and the great problem is how to get away from it. The high road to that is to be so absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves."

[Martin Lloyd-Jones in The Assurance of Salvation: Exploring the Depth of Jesus' Prayer for His Own; Sermon "The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory"]