Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Brooks: trials

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
    —1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)
    Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways—there God is hewing out the pillars for his temple.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The Candle of the Lord [1881], E. P Dutton & Co., New York, 1903, p. 72 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:4-5; Isa. 48:10; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:19-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:12-13; Rev. 3:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me from doubt in times of difficulty.
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