Saturday, August 05, 2023

Micklem: the goal

Saturday, August 5, 2023
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    [Jesus:] “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”
    —Mark 13:26-27 (NIV)
    The idea of endless and limitless progress and development seems unsatisfying both philosophically and religiously; a process only finds its meaning in its goal. However far off be the Beatific Vision, to see the King in His glory, “to know Thee and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent”—this is heaven, and “it were a well-spent journey though seven deaths lay between.”*
    * from letters of Samuel Rutherford
    ... Nathaniel Micklem (1888-1976), Prayers and Praises, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1941, p.36 (see the book)
    See also Mark 13:26-27; Matt. 24:30-31; John 14:2-3; 17:3; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people await Your appearance.
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