Monday, December 13, 2021

Johnson: mind fixed on God

Monday, December 13, 2021
    Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
    Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784
    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    —Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
    O Lord, grant unto me that am now about to return to the common comforts and business of the world, such moderation in all enjoyments, such diligence in honest labour, and such purity of mind, that, amidst the changes, miseries, or pleasures of life, I may keep my mind fixed upon Thee, and improve every day in grace, till I shall be received into thy kingdom of eternal happiness.
    ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Prayers and Meditations, London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1806, p. 29 (see the book)
    See also Heb.12:1-3; John 1:29; 6:40; Phil. 3:20-21; 2 Tim. 4:8; Tit. 2:12-14; 1 John 1:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may my eyes constantly gaze upon You.
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