Friday, April 28, 2017

Head: the beginning of eternal life here

Friday, April 28, 2017
    Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
    He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
    —Deuteronomy 32:10 (KJV)
    We should not draw too sharp a distinction between this “barren land” or “wilderness” of our pilgrimage, and the sweet home that God has prepared. We all know the changes and chances of this troublous life; but we can also know in this vale of tears the healthful spirit of His grace. Health for the whole man is God’s gracious purpose for us here and now, often frustrated, often prevented by unbelief. The life of the saints in light must not emphasize for us simply the contrast between their state and ours, but rather the beginning of the gift of eternal life and all its benefits of inner strength and peace amid earthly vicissitudes.
    ... David Head, Shout for Joy, New York: MacMillan Co., 1962, p. 128 (see the book)
    See also Deut. 32:10-11; Rom. 7:22-24; 8:1-2; 1 Tim. 1:16; Heb. 11:37-40
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in You I am made whole.
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