Sunday, January 03, 2021

Muggeridge: the last hope

Sunday, January 3, 2021
    Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
    —Matthew 5:3-4 (NIV)
    It is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility of help from earthly sources has been sought and is not forthcoming, when every recourse this world offers, moral as well as material, has been drawn on and explored with no effect, when in the shivering cold every stick of wood has been thrown on the fire and in the gathering darkness every glimmer of light has finally flickered out—it’s then that Christ’s hand reaches out, sure and firm. Then Christ’s words bring their inexpressible comfort, then his light shines brightest, abolishing the darkness for ever.
    ... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), The End of Christendom, W. B. Eerdmans, 1980, p. 56 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:3-4; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 14:28-31; Luke 24:18-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are hope to the hopeless.
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