Thursday, August 09, 2018

MacDonald: thy communion cup

Thursday, August 9, 2018
    Feast of Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers’ Union, 1921
    After taking the cup, [Jesus] gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
    —Luke 22:17-18 (NIV)
From thine, as then, the healing virtue goes
Into our hearts—that is the Father’s plan.
From heart to heart it sinks, it steals, it flows,
From these that know thee still infecting those.
Here is my heart—from thine, Lord, fill it up,
That I may offer it as the holy cup
Of thy communion to my every man.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Diary of an Old Soul, London: by the author, 1880, p. 113 (see the book)
    See also Luke 22:17-18; Ps. 116:13; John 4:13-14; 6:32-35; 7:37-39; 15:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, pour out our lives for Your Kingdom’s sake.
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