Speaking of spiritual seasons

November 5, 2010 — Leave a comment

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

John 12:23-25

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Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

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That a man is beloved of God, should melt him all into esteem and holy veneration. It should make him so courageous as an angel of God. It should make him delight in calamities and distresses for God’s sake. By giving me all things else, He has made even afflictions themselves my treasures. The sharpest trials, are the finest furbishing.

The most tempestuous weather is the best seed-time. A Christian is an oak flourishing in winter. God has so magnified and glorified His servant, and exalted him so highly in His eternal bosom, that no other joy should be able to move us but that alone. All sorrows should appear but shadows, beside that of His absence, and all the greatness of riches and estates swallowed up in the light of His favour. Incredible Goodness lies in His Love. And it should be joy enough to us to contemplate and possess it.

Thomas Traherne [1636-1674]
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Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord,
O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord,
praise Him and highly exalt Him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew,
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord,
praise Him and highly exalt Him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold,
drops of dew and flakes of snow
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord,
praise Him and highly exalt Him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days,
O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord,
praise Him and highly exalt Him for ever.

From Canticle 12, A Song of Creation

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This Week’s Special
The Lord is good
and His love endures forever
His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5

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