Friday, March 08, 2019

Studdert Kennedy: workers together with God

Friday, March 8, 2019
    Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
    —Genesis 1:28 (NIV)
    He that hath seen Christ has seen the Father, and Christ not only died, but conquered death and rose again. God the Father is suffering, striving, crucified, but unconquerable. We see His triumph now in Nature’s glory, and we hear Him calling to us to join Him in the task of conquering the evils which arise from the necessities of creation. He calls us to combat floods and famine and pestilence and disease. He hates them, and wills with us to overcome them, and they shall be overcome. The Doctor, the Pioneer, the Scientist, are workers with God like the Priest. All good work is God’s work, and all good workers do God’s will. They are labouring to make a world.
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Hardest Part, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919, p. 28-29 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 1:28; John 6:27; 1 Cor. 15:58; 1 Thess. 4:11; Rev. 14:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are visible in Your creation.
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