Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rossetti: Love is strong as death

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.
    —Psalm 23:1-3 (KJV)
Love is strong as death

“I have not sought Thee, I have not found Thee,
    I have not thirsted for Thee:
And now cold billows of death surround me,
Buffeting billows of death astound me,—
    Wilt Thou look upon, wilt Thou see
    Thy perishing me?”

“Yea, I have sought thee, yea, I have found thee,
    Yea, I have thirsted for thee,
Yea, long ago with love’s bands I bound thee:
Now the Everlasting Arms surround thee,
    Thro’ death’s darkness I look and see
    And clasp thee to Me.”
    ... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 372 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 23; 22; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13; 1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15-16; 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, without You, my case is hopeless; with You, I am safe.

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