Friday, April 20, 2007

CQOD: 04/27/07 -- Rossetti: Am I a stone?

Christian Quotation of the Day

April 27, 2007
Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
    Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's[b] house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses--as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)
    -- Hebrews 3:1-4 (ESV)

    Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
        That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
        To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss,
    And yet not weep?

    Not so those women loved
        Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
        Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
    Not so the thief was moved;

    Not so the Sun and Moon
        Which hid their faces in a starless sky:
        A horror of great darkness at broad noon
    I only I.

    Yet give not o’er
        But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
        Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
    And smite a rock.
    ... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my heart was made of stone till You took it over.

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