Sunday, May 21, 2023

MacDonald: the purpose for decline

Sunday, May 21, 2023
    Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
    Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”
    —Zechariah 3:3-4 (NIV)
Well may this body poorer, feebler grow!
It is undressing for its last sweet bed;
But why should the soul, which death shall never know,
Authority, and power, and memory shed?
It is that love with absolute faith would wed;
God takes the inmost garments off his child,
To have him in his arms, naked and undefiled.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Diary of an Old Soul, London: by the author, 1880, p. 163 (see the book)
    See also Zech. 3:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Heb. 2:14-15; 9:27-28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I long for the day that sin shall depart from me.
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