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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Mini Anthology..........

of prayers, poems and quotations is here for you today. I hope you enjoy them, for inspiration, humor, and anything else you manage to take away with you!


A Christmas Prayer by Pearl of Tyburn
(From the “Open Unionism” Twitter Page)

God of Unity and of Liberty,

    In times of national crisis, internal or external, prayers have always been offered to be seen safely through the storm. This Christmas is the last one before a momentous decision is to be made, determining whether or not Britain will remain united as a single country. We pray now for the preservation of that union and for all the people working to remain as one. Bless the editors and contributors of “Open Unionism” that they may always conduct themselves with truth and charity. Bless Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family, the parliamentarians and politicians, the writers and activists. Also, bless those who disagree with us politically, and no matter what the outcome, help us to see the best in one another as Children of God. The foundations of the first Christian church in Britain were said to be built on Christmas Day by Joseph of Arimathea, so many years ago. Let us never forget our shared heritage and celebrate this Christmas joyfully, growing closer to Thee and to one another. Amen. 


Irish Morning Offering

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead
His eye to watch, his mind to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need

The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard


Latin Meditation

I was longing, full of desire
More than life, to be with God
I was sinking into fire
More than death, to live with God

Eternity is now, always we are together
Ever now, alone, all one
Under the moments, crossing time,
Ever now, eternity is now


A Poem (and Quotes!) by C.S. Lewis

"From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf
At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of Thy divinity
Thou, who would give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
Of Thee, their thin-word image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from thoughts of Thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die."

“Nature has that in her which compels us to invent giants: and only giants will do.”

“No man would find an abiding strangeness in the moon unless he were the sort of man who could find it in his own back garden.”

“But for our body one whole realm of God’s glory – all that we receive through the senses – would go unpraised. For the beasts can’t appreciate it and the angels are, I suppose, pure intelligences. They understand colours and tastes better than our greatest scientists, but have they retinas or palates? I fancy the ‘beauties of nature’ are a secret of God has shared with us alone. That may be one of the reasons why we were made – and why the resurrection of the body is an important doctrine.”

   
Quotes from George MacDonald


GOD IS SO TRUE and good and strong and beautiful! The God of mountain lands and snowdrops, of woman's beauty and man's strength-the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GOD WILL NOT CONQUER EVIL by crushing it under-foot-any god of man's idea could do that-but by conquest of heart over heart, of life over life, of life over death, of love over all.

GOD CHOOSES to be good, otherwise he would not be God: man must choose to be good, otherwise he cannot be the son of God.

LET A MAN THINK AND CARE ever so little about God, he does not therefore exist without God. God is here with him, upholding, warming, delighting, teaching him-making life a good thing to him. God gives him himself, though the man knows it not.

IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING that God should have his way with you, then, in the name of God, be miserable--until your misery drive you to the arms of the Father.

THE BOND OF THE UNIVERSE, the chain that holds it together, the one active unity, the harmony of things, is the devotion of the Son to the Father. It is the life of the universe.

WHAT CAN BE THE PRINCIPLE which, in the boldest, most lawless, fantastically chaotic, apparently capricious work of nature, always keeps it beautiful? The beauty of holiness must be at the heart of it somehow.

NATURE'S SO-CALLED LAWS are the waving of God's garments, waving so because he is thinking and loving and walking inside them.

BECAUSE GOD IS SO FREE FROM STAIN, so loving, so unselfish, so good, so altogether what he wants us to be, so holy, therefore all his works declare him in beauty. His fingers can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness and even the play of his elements is in grace and tenderness of form.

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL is but a bit of love frozen.

SOME CLOUDS RISE from stagnant bogs and pools, others from the wide, clean, large ocean. But either kind, thank God, will serve the angels to come down by.

THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS around us are the expressions of God's face.

THERE MUST BE TRUTH in the scent of the pinewood; someone must mean it.

THERE EXISTS A MYSTERY in the world, and in all the looks of it-a mystery because of a meaning. There is jubilance in every sunrise, a sober sadness in every sunset. There is a whispering of strange secrets in the wind of the twilight, and an unknown bliss in the song of the lark.

FRIENDS, cast your idol into the furnace. Melt your mammon down, coin him up, make God's money of him, and send him out to do God's work. Make of him cups to carry the gift of God, the water of life, through the world.

THE MOST PRECIOUS THING to a human soul is every other human soul.

THERE IS NO STRENGTH in unbelief.


More Super Quotations!!! 

  
 “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

- Hannah More, English authoress and social reformer (1745 –1833)

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

- John Milton, English poet and political activist (1608-1674)

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”

- Alexander Smith, Scottish poet and essayist (1830-1867)

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.”

- G.K. Chesterton, English poet and author (1874-1936)

“There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.”

- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author (1875-1940)

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

- Ursula K. Le Guin, American Author

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles starts from beneath one’s feet.”

- Lao-Tzu

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you!”

- Steven Wright



".....skydiving definitely isn't for you!!!"


4 comments:

  1. Ah, yes, the delightfully quotable C.S. Lewis.

    "I should be suffocated in a universe that I could see to the end of."

    "You cannot be sure of a good harvest whatever you do to a field. But you can be sure that if you pull up one weed that one weed will no longer be there."

    "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice... You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

    "When the Old Testament says that Sennacherib's invasion was stopped by angels, and Herodotus says it was stopped by a lot of mice who came and ate up all the bowstrings of his army, an open-minded man will be on the side of the angels."

    "A man who disbelieved the Christian story as fact but continually fed on it as myth would, perhaps, be more spiritually alive than one who assented and did not think much about it."

    "Have you not seen that, in our days,
    Of any whose story, song, or art
    Delights us - our sincerest praise
    Means, when all's said, 'You break my heart!'?"

    Sorry, I couldn't resist. : ) Thanks for sharing all these lovely quotes! And congratulations on your second blog anniversary. I hope to catch up with you sometime soon!

    God bless,
    Katherine

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  2. Hey, Mack and Katherine!

    Thank you both for reading the "anthology"!

    Katherine, terrific C.S. Lewis Quotes! Thanks so much for posting them, especially: "I should be suffocated in a universe I could see to the end of"!

    I just finished reading a book called "C.S. Lewis: Images of His World", which infused me with a whole new appreciation for the man and his works. When I was little, I used to loathe his name because of my drudgery having to read Narnia for a homeschool coop! But after watching the films, I found myself enjoying his stories for the first time, and it's been a congenial relationship between him and I ever since ;-)

    Blessings,
    Pearl

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    1. You're welcome, Pearl! Glad to hear that you are developing a friendship with Lewis. : ) You really should try "The Screwtape Letters" sometime; it's very thought-provoking. I have a book of his essays, called "The Grand Miracle," and I have found them fascinating. (In fact, the title essay "The Grand Miracle" even inspired a poem about the Resurrection that I sent to the magazine last year.) Perhaps in part due to his own background as an atheist who had to be argued into acknowledging the existence of God (thanks in part to his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien), Lewis was a gifted apologist who really knew how to pin down exactly what he wanted to say.
      God bless,
      Katherine

      P.S.
      In case you're interested, the "universe" quote comes from a discussion on how people use the relative smallness of the earth in proportion to the rest of the universe as an argument against God.

      "Really, we are hard to please... I do not see how we could have come to know the greatness of God without that hint furnished by the greatness of the material universe. Once again, what sort of universe do we demand? If it were small enough to be cozy, it would not be big enough to be sublime. If it is large enough for us to stretch our spiritual limbs in, it must be large enough to baffle us. Cramped or terrified, we must, in any conceivable world, be one or the other. I prefer terror. I should be suffocated in a universe that I could see to the end of...
      "I hope you do not think that I am suggesting that God made the spiral nebulae solely and chiefly in order to give me the experience of awe or bewilderment. I have not the faintest idea why He made them; on the whole, I think it would be rather surprising if I had."

      - "Dogma and the Universe"

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