Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Donne: grateful for teaching

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
    For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
    —1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NIV)
    Our critical day is not the very day of our death, but the whole course of our life; I thank him, that prays for me when my bell tolls; but I thank him much more, that catechizes me, or preaches to me, or instructs me how to live.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. VI, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CLVIII, p. 291 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 2:3-4; Ps. 68:20; Isa. 40:11; John 6:26-27; Rom. 12:4-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send me instruction for living to Your will.
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