Sunday, May 04, 2014

Allshorn: the eternal matters most

Sunday, May 4, 2014
    Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
    We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
    —Colossians 1:3-6
    The one great fear which is a holy fear is, I think, lest you make your adventure too small, too easy, too self-full, too mediocre. Christianity fails because people will keep on the surface too much, they will not go down to face these deep inner obediences; and that is ultimately to be beaten by themselves.
    We talk big and play so small. And the world has found it out—the great bulk have discarded Christianity as the way of Hope and put their hope in other things.
    ... Florence Allshorn (1887-1950), The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 26 (see the book)
    See also Col. 1:3-6; Ps. 1:2; 25:10; 111:10; Matt. 5:3; 24:14; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Rom. 1:5; 16:25-27; Col. 1:27; Jas. 1:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show me my self-made limitations, that I may be bolder for you.
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