Monday, March 31, 2014

Donne: Batter my heart, three-person'd God

Monday, March 31, 2014
    Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
    In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
    —John 3:3 (NIV)
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.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Holy Sonnets, n. 17, Works of John Donne, vol. VI, London: John W. Parker, 1839, p. 449 (see the book)
    See also John 3:3; Deut. 4:24; Ps. 34:18; 51:10,17; Isa. 57:15; Matt. 5:3; Luke 18:11-14; John 14:23; Rom. 6:6-7; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Heb. 12:29; Rev. 3:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Have I fully surrendered to the Lord?
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