Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Kingsley: The Great Physician

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
    Feast of John Vianney, Curè d’Ars, 1859

    When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
    —Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

From Thee all skill and science flow,
    All pity, care and love,
All calm and courage, faith and hope;
    O pour them from above.

And part them, Lord, to each and all,
    As each and all shall need,
To rise like incense, each to Thee,
    In noble thought and deed.

And hasten, Lord, that perfect day,
    When pain and death shall cease;
And Thy just rule shall fill the earth
    With health and light and peace.
    ... Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Poems, London: Macmillan, 1907, p. 332 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people await the day when You set all things right.

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