Hymn of the day

by Richard on April 29, 2012

WHAT shall we offer our good Lord,
Poor nothings, for his boundless grace?
Fain would we his great name record,
And worthily set forth his praise.

Dear object of our growing love,
To whom our more than all we owe,
Open the fountain from above,
And let it our full soul o’erflow.

So shall our lives thy power proclaim,
Thy grace for every sinner free;
Till all mankind shall learn thy name,
Shall all stretch out their hands to thee.

Open a door which earth and hell
May strive to shut, but strive in vain;
Let thy word richly in us dwell,
And let our gracious fruit remain.

O multiply thy sower’s seed!
And fruit we every hour shall bear,
Throughout the world thy gospel spread,
Thine everlasting truth declare

We all, in perfect love renewed,
Shall know the greatness of thy power;
Stand in the temple of our God
As pillars, and go out no more.

Gottlieb Spangenberg, tr. John Wesley

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Pam 04.29.12 at 8:51 am

From “True and Perfect Joy” by St Francis of Assisi

Brother Leo asked Francis, “What is true joy?”
Francis said, “I return from Perugia and arrive here in the dead of night. It’s winter time, muddy, and so cold that icicles have formed on the edges of my habit…I come to the gate and, after I’ve knocked and called for some time, a brother comes and asks “who are you?”
“Brother Francis” I answer.
“Go away” he says “This is not a decent hour to be wandering about! You may not come in” When I insist , he replies, “There are many of us here like you,..we don’t need you!” I stand at the door and say, “For the love of God, take me in tonight” and he replies, “I will not! Go to another monastery and ask there!”.
I tell you this: if I had patience and did not become upset, true joy, as well as true virtue, and the salvation of my soul, would consist in this.

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Richard 04.29.12 at 9:54 am

Those saints could be enigmatic, couldn’t they?!

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