Thursday, April 19, 2007

CQOD: 04/20/07 -- Gossip: standing with Christ

Christian Quotation of the Day

April 20, 2007
    Peter answered him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away." Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!" And all the disciples said the same.
    -- Matthew 26:33-35 (ESV)

    Perhaps we feel that we do not see much to encourage us. “I do not envy those who have to fight the battle of Christianity in the twentieth century,” wrote Marcus Dods. “Yes, perhaps I do; but it will be a stiff fight.” Of course, he did, and anybody with his valiant spirit would. There was a day when our Lord passed through cheering streets wildly enthusiastic; and another day when He watched the crowds deserting Him, till even the disciples themselves seemed to be withering, and He looked at them sadly. “Will you also go away?” He said. And Peter strode across the sudden empty spaces widening around Him, and put his back to Christ’s. “No,” he cried; “there are two of us, at least,” and faced the world, Christ’s poor minority of one. I would rather have been Peter than one of the shouting mob. And today, perhaps, we may get our chance of that.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd [1924]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the courage to stand with You.

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