Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Gossip: He is gracious

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
    Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954
Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
    and he relents from sending calamity.
    —Joel 2:13 (NIV)
    I like to begin a service with some divine assurance of the liberality and the eager forgiveness of the God who is now meeting with us; not by beseeching Him to be gracious, but by believing that He is; that He stands to His promises; and that, quite safely, we can deal with Him on that assumption.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), In the Secret Place of the Most High, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1947, p. 54 (see the book)
    See also Joel 2:13; Mark 1:15; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Tim. 2:25-26; 1 John 1:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have received Your mercy.
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