Saturday, August 13, 2016

Taylor: laboring for purity

Saturday, August 13, 2016
    Feast of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down & Connor, Priest, Teacher, 1667
    Commemoration of Florence Nightingale, Social Reformer, 1910
    Commemoration of Octavia Hill, Worker for the Poor, 1912
    Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work withyour hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
    —1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV)
    Avoid idleness, and fill up all the spaces of thy time with severe and useful employment: for lust easily creeps in at those emptinesses where the soul is unemployed and the body is at ease; no easy, healthful, idle person was ever chaste, if he could be tempted. But of all employments, bodily labour is the most useful, and of the greatest benefit for driving away the devil.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 65 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 4:11-12; Acts 20:33-35; 1 Cor. 4:12; Eph. 4:28; 2 Thess. 3:7-12; Tit. 3:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, bless the work of my hands, that it may show the glory of Your mercy to me.
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