Monday, April 27, 2009

Rossetti: Heaven overarches earth and sea

April 27, 2009
    Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894

    But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
    -- 1 Chronicles 29:14-15 (KJV)

    Heaven overarches earth and sea,
        Earth-sadness and sea-bitterness.
    Heaven overarches you and me:
    A little while and we shall be
    (Please God) where there is no more sea
        Nor barren wilderness.

    Heaven overarches you and me,
        And all earth’s gardens and her graves.
    Look up with me, until we see
    The day break and the shadows flee.
    What tho’ tonight wrecks you and me,
        If so tomorrow saves?
    ... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, from beyond this world, You have provided salvation.

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