Phelps: What blessing can I wish you
Feast of John of the Cross, Mystic, Poet, Teacher, 1591
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
—2 Peter 1:2-3 (NIV)
What blessing can I wish you, O my friends,
Save that the joyful calm of Christmas-tide
Should wrap your hearts so close that never jar
Of the world’s care or grief can enter in,
But only love, to keep you pitiful,
And faith, and hope, to keep you strong and true;
“A Merry Christmas” and “A Glad New Year,”
I wish you, and may God’s exceeding love
Enfold you all, until His tender hand
Shall lead you safely Home, to love’s own land!
... Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), included in The Marching Morrows, Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, Boston: Merrymount Press, 1901, p. 178 (see the book)
See also 2 Pet. 1:2-3; Ps. 23:2-3,6; 52:8; 84:5; Luke 2:10-14; 1 Cor. 13:13; Eph. 3:20-21; Phil. 2:12-13; 4:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, Your embrace is love.
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