Thursday, June 07, 2012

Donne: the quality of rejoicing

Thursday, June 7, 2012
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
    her salvation like a blazing torch.
    —Isaiah 62:1 (NIV)
    Joy is peace for having done that which we ought to have done: and therefore it is well expressed... To have something to do, to do it, and then to rejoice in having done it, to embrace a calling, to perform the duties of that calling, to joy and rest in the peaceful testimony of having done so; this is christianly done, Christ did it; angelically done, angels do it; godly done, God does it.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, p. 346 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead my heart to desire Your will.
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