Friday, March 13, 2020

St. John: from the ashes

Friday, March 13, 2020
    By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
    —1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (NIV)
... stooping very low, He engraves with care
His Name, indelible, upon our dust,
And, from the ashes of our self-despair,
Kindles a flame of hope and humble trust.
He seeks no second site on which to build,
But on the old foundation, stone by stone,
Cementing sad experience with grace,
Fashions a stronger temple of His own.
    ... Patricia St. John (1919-1993), from “The Alchemist”, in Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story, Kingsley Press, 2004, p. 17 (see the book)
    See also John 2:19; 1 Cor. 3:10-11,17; 2 Cor. 5:1; 6:16; Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have founded Your temple in my heart.
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