Monday, April 27

The Holy One of Israel

These scriptures in Isaiah from God to Israel never fail to give me comfort and peace. What an infinitely mighty and merciful God we serve!

Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV) 
But now, this is what the LORD says— 
He who created you, O Jacob,
 He who formed you, O Israel: 
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
 I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 
When you pass through the waters,
 I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers,
 they will not sweep over you. 
When you walk through the fire, 
you will not be burned; 
the flames will not set you ablaze.

Friday, April 17

We love because

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

I recently came across a copy of my wedding program and had almost forgotten about one of the poems we included in it:

Because - Adelaide Procter

It is not because your heart is mine--mine only--
Mine alone;
It is not because you chose me, weak and lonely,
For your own;
Not because the earth is fairer, and the skies
Spread above you
Are more radiant for the shining of your eyes--
That I love you!

It is not because the world's perplexed meaning
Grows more clear;
And the Parapets of Heaven, with angels leaning,
Seem more near;
And Nature sings of praise with all her voices
Since yours spoke,
Since within my silent heart, that now rejoices,
Love awoke!

Nay, not even because your hand holds heart and life;
At your will
Soothing, hushing all its discord, making strife
Calm and still;
Teaching Trust to fold her wings, nor ever roam
From her nest;
Teaching Love that her securest, safest home
Must be Rest.

But because this human Love, though true and sweet--
Yours and mine--
Has been sent by Love more tender, more complete,
More divine;
That it leads our hearts to rest at last in Heaven,
Far above you;
Do I take you as a gift that God has given--
--And I love you!