Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Brooks: the candle of the Lord

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
    —Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
    There is no life so humble that, if it be true and genuinely human and obedient to God, it may not hope to shed some of His light. There is no life so meager that the greatest and wisest of us can afford to despise it. We cannot know at all at what sudden moment it may flash forth with the life of God.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The Candle of the Lord [1881], E. P Dutton & Co., New York, 1903, p. 9 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 57:15; Ps. 37:11; 147:6; Isa. 29:19; 66:2; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 5:3; 11:29; 18:2-4; 23:12; Mark 9:35-37; 10:43-44; Luke 22:26-27; John 13:14-16; Rom. 12:3; Eph. 5:21; Phil. 2:3-11; Jas. 1:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never ignore one of Your people.
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