Thursday, March 08, 2018

Studdert Kennedy: Thou who art Lord

Thursday, March 8, 2018
    Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
    [Jesus:] “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
    —Matthew 5:7 (NIV)
Thou who art Lord of all the tender pities,
    Mercy Incarnate, human and divine,
How could we write Thy Name upon these cities
    Wherein Thy children live like herded swine?

Would not those eyes that saw their angels gazing
    Into the brightness of the Father’s face
Turn on this slum, with Love and Fury blazing,
    Shriveling our souls with shame of such a place?

“Where are My children, those the Father gave you?
    What have you done with babes that bore My Name?
Was it for this I suffered so to save you?
    Must I for ever burn for you in shame?”
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923, p. 90 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:7; Job 31:16-22; Ps. 37:26; 122:9; Pr. 14:21; 19:17; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 6:1-4; 25:31-46; Jas. 2:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, pour out the Spirit of Your mercy on Your people.

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