Friday, February 18, 2022

Donne: the quality of rejoicing

Friday, February 18, 2022
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
    her salvation like a blazing torch.
    —Isaiah 62:1 (NIV)
    Joy is peace for having done that which we ought to have done: and therefore it is well expressed... To have something to do, to do it, and then to rejoice in having done it, to embrace a calling, to perform the duties of that calling, to joy and rest in the peaceful testimony of having done so; this is christianly done, Christ did it; angelically done, angels do it; godly done, God does it.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. V, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CXXXI, p. 346 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 62:1; Zeph. 3:17; Matt. 7:24; Mark 3:35; Luke 10:21; 15:10; John 4:34; 6:38-40; Rom. 12:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead my heart to desire Your will.
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