Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fuller: draped in tears

Sunday, June 24, 2012
    Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
    During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
    —Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)
    Lord, thus long I have offered my prayer dry unto thee, now, Lord, I offer it wet. Then wilt thou own some new addition therein, when, though the sacrifice be the same, yet the dressing of it is different, being steeped in his tears who bringeth it unto thee.
    ... Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), Good Thoughts in Bad Times [1645], Chicago: United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston, 1898, “Scripture Observations,” XII (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, receive my heart-felt prayer.
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