Friday, January 01, 2016

Markham: Christus

Friday, January 1, 2016
    Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus
    [Jesus:] “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
    —John 5:30 (ESV)
Why does He make our hearts so strangely still,
    Why stands He forth so stately and so tall?
Because He has no self to serve, no will
    That does not seek the welfare of the All.
    ... Edwin Markham (1852-1940), New Poems: eighty songs at eighty, Doubleday, Doran, 1933, p. 99 (see the book)
    See also John 5:30; Matt. 11:28-30; John 4:34; 5:19; 6:38; 8:15-16,28,50; 14:10; 17:4; Rom. 2:2; 8:28; 15:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Empty me, Lord, of all selfish ambition.
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