Monday, November 01, 2021

MacDonald: light throughout

Monday, November 1, 2021
    Feast of All Saints
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
A righteous man may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all.
    —Psalm 34:18-19 (NIV)
Gather my broken fragments to a whole,
As these four quarters make a shining day.
Into thy basket, for my golden bowl,
Take up the things that I have cast away
In vice or indolence or unwise play.
Let mine be a merry, all-receiving heart,
But make it a whole, with light in every part.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Diary of an Old Soul, London: by the author, 1880, p. 45 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 34:18-19; 51:17; 147:3; Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shown the light to my heart.
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