Monday, July 14, 2014

Keble: The deaf may hear the Savior's voice

Monday, July 14, 2014
    Feast of John Keble, Priest, Poet, Tractarian, 1866
    [Jesus:] “He who has ears, let him hear.”
    —Matthew 11:15 (NIV)
The deaf may hear the Saviour’s voice,
    The fettered tongue its chains may break;
But the deaf heart, the dumb by choice,
    The laggard soul that will not wake,
The guilt that scorns to be forgiven—
These baffle e’en the spells of heaven.
    ... John Keble (1792-1866), The Christian Year [1827], G. W. Doane, ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1842, p. 186 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 11:15; Isa. 6:9-10; Jer. 6:10; Zech. 7:11-12; Matt. 11:5; Luke 7:22; Acts 28:25-27
Quiet time reflection:
    Relieve, O Lord, the burden of sloth from the people.
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