Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rutherford: on being cut off

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460
    I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    —Lamentations 3:19-23 (NIV)
    I get not my feasts without some mixture of gall; neither am I free of old jealousies; for he hath removed my lovers and friends far from me; he hath made my congregation desolate, and taken away my crown; and my dumb sabbaths are like a stone tied to a bird’s foot, that wanteth not wings; they seem to hinder my flight, were it not that I dare not say one word, but “Well done, Lord Jesus.”
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Feb. 20, 1637, p. 192-193 (see the book)
    See also Lam. 3:19-23; 2 Tim. 4:8; Jas. 1:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I will wait on You.
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