Saturday, April 27, 2019

Rossetti: Heaven overarches earth and sea

Saturday, April 27, 2019
    Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
    But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
    —1 Chronicles 29:14-15 (KJV)
Heaven overarches earth and sea,
    Earth-sadness and sea-bitterness;
Heaven overarches you and me:
A little while and we shall be
(Please God) where there is no more sea
        Nor barren wilderness.

Heaven overarches you and me
    And all earth’s gardens and her graves:
Look up with me, until we see
The day break and the shadows flee;
What tho’ tonight wrecks you and me,
        If so tomorrow saves?
    ... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 871 (see the book)
    See also 1 Chr. 29:14-15; Matt. 14:25-31; John 14:18; Acts 27:21-26; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 10:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, from beyond this world, You have provided salvation.

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