Saturday, August 16, 2014

Skelton: O radiant luminary of light interminable

Saturday, August 16, 2014
    [Jesus:] “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
    —John 9:5 (NIV)
O radiant luminary of light interminable,
    Celestial Father, potential God of might,
Of heaven and earth, O Lord incomparable,
    Of all perfections the essential most perfite!
    O Maker of mankind, that formëd day and night,
Whose power imperial comprehendeth every place:
    Mine heart, my mind, my thought, my whole delight
Is after this life, to see thy glorious face.

Whose magnificence is incomprehensible,
    All arguments of reason, which far doth exceed,
Whose deity doubtless is indivisible,
    From whom all goodness and virtue doth proceed;
    Of thy support all creätures have need:
Assist me, good Lord, and grant me of thy grace
    To live to thy pleasure in word, thought, and deed,
And after this life to see thy glorious face.
    ... John Skelton (1460-1529), Pithy, Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, London: C. Davis, 1736, p. 121-122 (see the book)
    See also John 9:5; Gen. 1:5; Matt. 4:15-16; John 1:4-5; 8:12; 2 Cor. 10:5; Eph. 5:13-14; Col. 1:27; Jas. 1:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the only true source of light.

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