Monday, January 18, 2016

Carmichael: From subtle love of softening things

Monday, January 18, 2016
    Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951
    We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
    —Romans 8:22-25 (NIV)
From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified;
Not this way went the Crucified;)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God!
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), written in India, 1912, Gold Cord: the story of a fellowship, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1952, p. x (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:22-25; Ps. 104:4; Song of Solomon 8:7; 1 Thess. 5:19; Jude 1:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, implant in me and all those around me a zeal that burns to Your glory.

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