Sunday, September 19, 2021

Cowper: Have you no words?

Sunday, September 19, 2021
    Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
    Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
    —James 5:9 (NIV)
Have you no words? ah! think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow-creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To Heav’n in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,
“Hear what the Lord has done for me.”
    ... William Cowper (1731-1800), in The Works of William Cowper: his life, letters, and poems, New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 1851, p. 525 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 5:9; Eccl. 7:10; Rom. 9:18-20; Phil. 2:14-16; Jude 1:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to embrace what You have given, easy and hard alike.

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