Friday, March 11, 2022

Browning: Earth breaks up, time drops away

Friday, March 11, 2022
    When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
    —Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV)
Earth breaks up, time drops away,
In flows heaven, with its new day
Of endless life, when He who trod,
Very man and very God,
This earth in weakness, shame and pain,
Dying the death whose signs remain
Up yonder on the accursed tree,—
Shall come again, no more to be
Of captivity the thrall,
But the one God, All in all,
King of kings, Lord of lords,
As His servant John received the words,
“I died, and live for evermore!”
    ... Robert Browning (1812-1889), The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Macmillan, 1912, p. 420 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 1:17-18; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; Heb. 7:23-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the eternal one!
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