Friday, June 22, 2018

Browning: virtue in a jug

Friday, June 22, 2018
    Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209
    In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
    —2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV)
For the preacher’s merit or demerit,
It were to be wished the flaws were fewer
In the earthen vessel, holding treasure,
Which lies as safe in a golden ewer;
But the main thing is, does it hold good measure?
Heaven soon sets right all other matters!
    ... Robert Browning (1812-1889), from “Christmas Eve” [1850], in The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning, v. IV, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1887, p. 30 (see the book)
    See also 2 Tim. 2:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:28-29; 2 Cor. 4:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:2; 1 Pet. 1:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, fill me with Your Spirit so that blessings may flow through me.
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