Monday, November 16, 2015

Traherne: accomplishing the end

Monday, November 16, 2015
    Feast of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093
    Commemoration of Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240
    Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
    —1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)
    Can you be Holy without accomplishing the end for which you are created? Can you be Divine unless you be Holy? Can you accomplish the end for which you were created, unless you be Righteous? Can you then be Righteous, unless you be just in rendering to Things their due esteem? All things were made to be yours, and you were made to prize them according to their value: which is your office and duty, the end for which you were created, and the means whereby you enjoy. The end for which you were created, is that by prizing all that God hath done, you may enjoy yourself and Him in Blessedness.
    ... Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674), Centuries of Meditations, edited and published by Bertram Dobell, in London, 1908, p. 8-9 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 1:8-9; Matt. 5:48; Rom. 1:16-17; 11:16; 12:1; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 2:21-22; Tit. 3:4-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I enjoy You always.
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