Sunday, August 18, 2019

Johnson: the beauty of heaven

Sunday, August 18, 2019
    The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
    —Revelation 21:23-24 (NIV)
My windows open to the autumn night,
In vain I watched for sleep to visit me:
How should sleep dull mine ears, and dim my sight,
Who saw the stars, and listened to the sea?

Ah, how the City of our God is fair!
If, without sea, and starless though it be,
For joy of the majestic beauty there,
Men shall not miss the stars, nor mourn the sea.
    ... Lionel P. Johnson (1867-1902), Poems, London: Elkin Mathews, 1895, p. 77 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 21:23-24; Isa. 24:23; 60:19-20; Rev. 22:5
Quiet time reflection:
    I know no light but Yours, Lord.

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