Sunday, April 26, 2020

Perrin: the unconquerable soul

Sunday, April 26, 2020
    [Jesus:] “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
    —John 8:35-36 (NIV)
    Yet still, over all these limitations and humiliations, I felt astonishingly and profoundly free; I felt a flame, a secret little life of liberty beating away inside me, a liberty I could never lose. They could keep me locked up; they could take me to a Concentration Camp to-morrow, but they could never touch the sanctuary where my soul watched, where I was alone master. They might deceive me, abuse me, weaken me; they might get words out of me when my mind staggered from their cruelty, words which they could take as an admission; they could kill me. But they could never force my will, for it could never belong to them; it was between myself and God, and no one else could ever touch it.
    ... Henri Perrin (1914-1954), Priest-Workman in Germany, London: Sheed & Ward, 1947, p. 181-182 (see the book)
    See also John 8:35-36; Ps. 119:32; Isa. 61:1-2; Matt. 10:28; 16:26; Mark 8:36-37; John 8:31-32; Rom. 8:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have granted freedom to Your people.
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