Thursday, April 08, 2010

Gossip: He is gracious

Thursday, April 8, 2010
    Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
    Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
    —Joel 2:13 (NIV)
    I like to begin a service with some divine assurance of the liberality and the eager forgiveness of the God who is now meeting with us; not by beseeching Him to be gracious, but by believing that He is; that He stands to His promises; and that, quite safely, we can deal with Him on that assumption.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), In the Secret Place of the Most High, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1947, p. 54 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have receievd Your mercy.
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