Morning by Morning

"The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward." Isaiah 50:4-5

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In the Midnight Hours

In the midnight hours
when all is dull and drear,
city noise, air conditioning hum,
faint traffic noise, distant siren,
no silence anywhere,
no word spoken I wish to hear.

Words are everywhere, but
there is no inner resonance.
In the city white noise,
no word speaking to the heart.
No heart word from without,
but the Spirit speaks within. 

The voice of the Lord
makes the oaks to writhe.
In his temple all cry, “Glory”. 
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 
“Thou, O Lord, art more beautiful
than an army with banners.

Friday, October 5, 2012

What Can Hurt You?

‘“But, by God!” said Harriet, “I won’t be a coward.  I’ll go and be damned to it.  Nothing can hurt me worse than I’ve been hurt already.  And what does it matter after all?”’  - Dorothy Sayers in Gaudy Night. 

Apart from the choice of expletives Dorothy Sayers is making an important life observation.  Those of us who have lived long enough to suffer the pains common to fallen humanity know the truth of what she is saying. 

Once you have suffered, new suffering offered doesn’t bear the same sting. “I’ve been there before and it’s not a frightful unknown.”

St. Peter, who knew suffering, said, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” [I Peter 5:3-5].