Monday, January 01, 2024

Faber: There's a wideness in God's mercy

Monday, January 1, 2024
    Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus
    But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
    —2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
    Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice
    Which is more than liberty.

If our love were but more simple,
    We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
    In the sweetness of our Lord.
    ... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Hymns Selected from Frederick William Faber, Part 4, Northampton, Mass.: Bridgman and Childs, 1867, p. 54-55 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 11:3; Ps. 36:5; 85:10; 100:5; 116:6; 118:1-4; 136; 146:7-8; Matt. 18:2-3; Luke 6:36; Rom. 11:32; Eph. 2:4-5; Heb. 4:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me simple love.

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