Thursday, July 14, 2022

Keble: If on our daily course

Thursday, July 14, 2022
    Feast of John Keble, Priest, Poet, Tractarian, 1866
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    —2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
If on our daily course our mind
Be set, to hallow all we find,
New treasures still, of countless price,
God will provide for sacrifice.

The trivial round, the common task,
Would furnish all we ought to ask;
Room to deny ourselves; a road
To bring us, daily, nearer God.
    ... John Keble (1792-1866), The Christian Year [1827], G. W. Doane, ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1842, p. 18-19 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 4:7; Lam. 4:2; Ps. 145:18; Luke 10:9; 1 Cor. 1:28-29; 2 Cor. 5:1; Eph. 1:18-21; Heb. 7:18-19; 10:19-22; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lead me, Lord, to You.

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