Friday, October 19, 2018

Taylor: for all in misery

Friday, October 19, 2018
    Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
    When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
    Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
    —Matthew 11:2-5 (NIV)
    Relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak, confirm the strong; instruct the ignorant; deliver the oppressed from him that spoileth him, and relieve the needy that hath no helper; and bring us all by the waters of comfort, and in the ways of righteousness, to the kingdom of rest and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 33 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 11:2-5; Ps. 29:11; 85:8; Isa. 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21; John 14:27; Acts 3:17-19; 17:30; Gal. 2:10; Eph. 2:17; Heb. 5:2; Jas. 1:27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me an instrument of Your mercy.
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