Christ, our Light

Quotations for September, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710

[He said] that it was a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times; that we are as strictly obliged to adhere to God by action in the time of action as by prayer in the season of prayer.
That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the Presence of God, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine Love; and that when the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference, because he still continued with God, praising and blessing Him with all his might, so that he passed his life in continual joy; yet hoped that God would give him somewhat to suffer when he should have grown stronger.
... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, Fourth Conversation, p. 16-17 (see the book; see also Lev. 24:4; Luke 24:53; 1 Thess. 5:17; Heb. 13:15; Rev. 5:8; more at Blessing, God, Joy, Love, Praise, Prayer, Presence of God, Soul, Strength, Suffer)

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942

The antithesis between life and death is not so stark for the Christian as it is for the atheist. Life is a process of becoming, and the moment of death is the transition from one life to another. Thus it is possible for the Christian to succumb to his own kind of death-wish, to seek that extreme of other-worldliness to which the faith has always been liable, especially in periods of stress and uncertainty. There may appear a marked preoccupation with death and a rejection of all temporal things. To say that this world is in a fallen state and that not too much value must be set upon it, is very far from the Manichaean error of supposing it to be evil throughout. The Christian hope finds ambivalence in death: that which destroys, also redeems.
... Raymond Chapman (1924-2013), The Ruined Tower, London: G. Bles, 1961, p. 132 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:36; Jer. 29:13; John 10:28; Phil. 1:21; more at Atheism, Death & Resurrection, Faith, Hope, Life, World)

Friday, September 3, 2021
Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604

Don’t let any abusive word from your neighbor stir up hatred in you, and don’t allow any loss of things that pass away to upset you. If you are steadfast in fearing the loss of those things that last forever, you will never take seriously the loss of those that pass away; if you keep your eyes fixed on the glory of our eternal recompense, you will not resent a temporal injury. You must bear with those who oppose you, but also love those you bear with. Seek an eternal reward in return for your temporal losses.
... St. Gregory the Great (540?-604), Be Friends of God: spiritual readings, Cowley Publications, 1990, p. 61 (see the book; see also Jas. 1:11; Matt. 6:19-20; John 6:27,51,54; 2 Cor. 4:18; Col. 3:2; Heb. 12:2; 1 Pet. 1:24-25; 2 Pet. 3:10-12; more at Bearing, Everlasting, Fear, Glory, Hatred, Love, Neighbor, Steadfast)

Saturday, September 4, 2021
Commemoration of Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650

Fear not the storm, it brings healing in its wings, and when Jesus is with you in the vessel, the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.
... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Sermons, v. XXVII, London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1882, p. 373 (see the book; see also Ps. 107:21-30; Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:23-25; Rom. 8:28; more at Fear, Jesus, Security)

Sunday, September 5, 2021

With us Christ is received in the person of Christ, because even in this manner is He our God. Whatever attributes therefore you require as worthy of God, must be found in the Father, who is invisible and unapproachable, and placid, and (so to speak) the God of the philosophers; whereas those qualities which you censure as unworthy must be supposed to be in the Son, who has been seen, and heard, and encountered, the Witness and Servant of the Father, uniting in Himself man and God, God in mighty deeds, in weak ones man, in order that He may give to man as much as He takes from God. What in your esteem is the entire disgrace of my God, is in fact the sacrament of man’s salvation.
... Tertullian (Quintus S. Florens Tertullianus) (160?-230?), Adversus Marcionem, in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, v. III, Alexander Roberts, ed., Buffalo: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1887, ii.27, p. 319 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:42-44; Isa. 53:3; Matt. 4:11; Luke 22:43; 2 Cor. 13:4; Heb. 12:2; more at Christ, Father, God, Man, People, Philosophy, Son, Unity, Weakness)

Monday, September 6, 2021
Commemoration of Allen Gardiner, founder of the South American Missionary Society, 1851
Commemoration of Albert Schweitzer, Teacher, Physician, Missionary, 1965

From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns. Faith is now in the crucible, it is being tested by fire, and there is no fixed and sufficient resting-place for the heart and mind but in the Throne of God. What is needed now, as never before, is a full, positive, constructive setting forth of the Godhood of God.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), Studies in the Scriptures, volume 5, IX.11, Nov. 1930, p. 261 (see the book; see also Ps. 46:10; Ex. 20:2; Ps. 100:3; Hab. 2:20; more at Faith, Fire, God, Life)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957

If God made a world without suffering, it would be a world in which humans had little responsibility for each other and for other creatures. Seeing that that alternative is not obviously better than the present world led me to see something about goodness—that there is more to it than tingles of pleasure—and about God—that his goodness is shown in the freedom and responsibility he gives to his creatures.
... Richard G. Swinburne (b. 1934), Philosophers Who Believe, Kelly James Clark, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1993, p. 200 (see the book; see also Lam. 3:32-33; Ps. 103:10; Amos 4:6-11; Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:12-14; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; Rev. 3:19; more at Creation, Freedom, God, Goodness, Pleasure, Responsibility, Suffer, World)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Commemoration of Søren Kierkegaard, Teacher and Philosopher, 1855

The relation of personality to Christianity, is not to doubt or to believe, but to be offended or to believe. All modern philosophy, both ethically, and Christianly, is based upon frivolousness. Instead of deterring and calling people to order by speaking of being despairing and being offended, it has waved to them and invited them to become conceited by doubting and having doubted.
... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Practice in Christianity, tr. Hong, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991, p. 81 fn (see the book; see also John 6:61-66; Matt. 13:54-57; Luke 7:23; 1 Cor. 1:20-24; Gal. 5:11; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; 2 Pet. 1:16; more at Belief, Doubt, People, Philosophy)

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic... Do not defend God’s word, but testify to it... Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of her capacity.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Dietrich Bonhoeffer: a biography, Eberhard Bethge, Fortress Press, 2000, p. 442 (see the book; see also Heb. 4:12; Amos 8:11-14; Luke 11:28; John 5:39-40; Eph. 6:17; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Bible, God, Providence, Trust)

Friday, September 10, 2021

There is this real difficulty that the very beauty of a [pastoral or written] prayer may keep one from praying. The mind is lost in admiring the perfection of the English, or the loveliness of the thought, is listening, agreeing, commending, but not praying.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), In Christ’s Stead, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1925, p. 47 (see the book; see also Lam. 3:24; Matt. 6:5-8; Mark 14:37-38; Luke 11:11-13; Rom. 8:26-27; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 John 2:15-17; more at Beauty, Listening, Mind, Minister, Perfection, Prayer, Thought)

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The grief was common, common were the cries,
Tears, sobs, and groans of that afflicted train,
Which of God’s chosen did the sum contain,
And earth rebounded with them, pierc’d were skies;
All good had left the world, each vice did reign
In the most hideous shapes hell could devise,
And all degrees and each estate did stain,
Nor further had to go, whom to surprise;
The world beneath the Prince of Darkness lay,
In every fane who had himself install’d,
Was sacrificed unto, by prayers call’d,
Responses gave, which, fools, they did obey;
When, pitying man, God of a virgin’s womb
Was born, and those false deities struck dumb.
... William Drummond (1585-1649), The Poems of William Drummond of Hawthornden, v. II, London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894, p. 7 (see the book; see also John 12:31-32; Ps. 121:1-2; Isa. 8:21-22; 35:10; 44:13-19; Jer. 13:16; Matt. 4:15-16; Luke 22:52-53; 2 Cor. 4:3-6; 7:10-11; Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:13-14; Rev. 21:4; more at Affliction, Darkness, Fool, God, Goodness, Grief, Hell, Incarnation, Obedience, Prayers, Sacrifice, Tear, World)

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Christ came to reveal what righteousness, to which the promises [of the prophets] belong, really is; and so long as this, though shown by Christ, is not seen by us, we may call ourselves Christendom as much as we please, the true character of a Christendom will be wanting to us, because the great promises of prophecy will be still without their fulfilment. Nothing will do, except righteousness; and no other conception of righteousness will do, except Christ’s conception of it: his method and his secret.
... Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), Literature and Dogma, New York: The Macmillian Company, 1875, p. 303 (see the book; see also Luke 12:32; Jer. 31:31-34; John 12:25; Col. 3:4; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3:7-9; Rev. 11:15; more at Christ, Promise, Prophecy, Revelation, Righteousness, Truth)

Monday, September 13, 2021
Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407

I hear no one boast, that he hath a knowledge of the Scriptures, but that he owneth a Bible written in golden characters. And tell me then, what profiteth this? The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.
... St. John Chrysostom (345?-407), The Life of St. Chrysostom, Johann August W. Neander, London: Seeley & Burnside, 1838, p. 253 (see the book; see also Matt. 11:15; Jer. 31:33; Rom. 2:14-15; more at Bible, Boasting, Book, Heart, Knowledge, Scripture)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Feast of the Holy Cross

To some particular proof of the proposition,—namely, that the Holy Ghost thus promised, thus sent, thus given, doth furnish the ministers of the gospel, according to his mind, with spiritual abilities in the discharge of their work; and without it they are no way fitted for nor able to it,—no way accepted with Christ in what they do, nor can give any faithful account of what they undertake.
... John Owen (1616-1683), An Ordination Sermon (Sermon IV) [1678], in Works of John Owen, v. IX, New York: R. Carter, 1851, p. 447 (see the book; see also Mark 13:11; Luke 4:14; 12:11-12; Acts 5:32; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 John 3:24; more at Christ, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Mind, Minister, Promise)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Put not your trust in yourself, or in anything created; it is all a mere nothing, which can never satisfy the heart of man, made as it is for God. But never mistrust Him Who contains every good thing in Himself, and Who mercifully fills you with disgust for all else, in order to bring you forcibly back to Himself.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Spiritual Letters of Archbishop Fénelon. Letters to men, London: Rivingtons, 1877, p. 11 (see the book; see also Ps. 4:5; 146:3; 1 Cor. 2:12; 1 Tim. 6:17; 1 John 2:15-17; Rev. 2:4; more at Creation, God, Goodness, Heart, Mercy, Satisfaction, Trust)

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Feast of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258
Commemoration of Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle to the Picts, c. 430
Commemoration of Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, tractarian, 1882

How great is the Lord Jesus, and how great is His patience, that He who is adored in heaven is not yet avenged on earth! Let us, beloved brethren, consider His patience in our persecutions and sufferings; let us give an obedience full of expectation to His advent; and let us not hasten, servants as we are, to be defended before our Lord with irreligious and immodest eagerness. Let us rather press onward and labour, and, watching with our whole heart, and stedfast to all endurance, let us keep the Lord’s precepts; so that when that day of anger and vengeance shall come, we may not be punished with the impious and sinners, but may be honoured with the righteous and those that fear God.
... St. Cyprian (Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus) (?-258), Treatise IX. On the Advantage of Patience, in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, v. V, Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, trs., Buffalo: Christian Literature Company, 1886, p. 491 (see the book; see also 2 Pet. 3:10-13; Rom. 12:19; John 14:15; 2 Cor. 4:6; Phil. 3:13-14; Col. 1:10-12; more at Christmas, Fear, Greatness, Heaven, Jesus, Obedience, Patience, Righteousness)

Friday, September 17, 2021
Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179

There is one thought out of which a moderately cheerful man can always make some satisfactory sunshine, if not a sufficiency of it. It is the thought of the bright populous heaven. There is joy there at least, if there is joy nowhere else. There is true service of God there, however poor and interested the love of Him may be on earth. Multitudes are abounding in the golden light there, even if they that rejoice on earth be few. At this hour it is all going on, so near us that we cannot be hopelessly unhappy with so much happiness so near.
... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), “Kind Actions” in Spiritual Conferences, London: Thomas Richardson & Son, 1860, p. 44 (see the book; see also Matt. 13:43; Dan. 12:3; 1 Cor. 6:1-3; Rev. 21:23; more at Cheer, God, Happiness, Heaven, Joy, Man, Service, Thought, Truth)

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Commemoration of George MacDonald, Spiritual Writer, 1905

The faith of Abraham is reckoned to him for righteousness... To call the faith of a man his righteousness is simply to speak the truth. Was it not righteous in Abraham to obey God? The Jews placed righteousness in keeping all the particulars of the law of Moses: Paul says faith in God was counted righteousness before Moses was born. You may answer, Abraham was unjust in many things, and by no means a righteous man. True; he was not a righteous man in any complete sense; his righteousness would never have satisfied Paul; neither, you may be sure, did it satisfy Abraham; but his faith was nevertheless righteousness, and if it had not been counted to him for righteousness, there would have been falsehood somewhere, for such faith as Abraham’s is righteousness. It was no mere intellectual recognition of the existence of a God, which is consistent with the deepest atheism; it was that faith which is one with action: ‘He went out, not knowing whither he went.’ The very act of believing in God after such fashion that, when the time of action comes, the man will obey God, is the highest act, the deepest, loftiest righteousness of which man is capable, is at the root of all other righteousness, and the spirit of it will work till the man is perfect.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 213-214 (see the book; see also Rom. 4:3; Gen. 12:4-5; 15:6; Rom. 4:18-24; Phil. 3:8-9; more at Action, Atheism, Faith, Obedience, Perfection, Righteousness, Truth)

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690

Have you no words? ah! think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow-creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.
Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To Heav’n in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,
“Hear what the Lord has done for me.”
... William Cowper (1731-1800), in The Works of William Cowper: his life, letters, and poems, New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 1851, p. 525 (see the book; see also Jas. 5:9; Eccl. 7:10; Rom. 9:18-20; Phil. 2:14-16; Jude 1:16; more at Cheer, Complaint, God, Sadness, Song, Vanity)

Monday, September 20, 2021
Feast of John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, & his Companions, Martyrs, 1871

A vast amount of Christian thought and action is spent upon the improvement and development of man in this temporary set-up... But if we swing too far [in that direction] we find ourselves party to a point of view which only tolerates Christianity because of its social implications; because it tends to stabilize the home, to improve health and living conditions, or to reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency. Before we know where we are we have lost the authentic, other-worldly note; we find ourselves regarding death, like any pagan, as an utter disaster; and, like any disillusioned humanist, becoming bitterly disappointed that men do not always “love the highest when they see it.” The emphasis, you see, even among Christians has shifted to this world.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole, London: Highway Press, 1952, p. 68 (see the book; see also Matt. 24:1-2; 26:6-13; Mark 15:12-14; John 5:39-40; 18:36; Heb. 13:14; more at Authenticity, Death, Disappointment, Impermanence, Pagan, Social, Tolerance, World)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

Two went up into the Temple to pray.
Two went to pray? O rather say,
One went to brag, th’ other to pray.
One stands up close, and treads on high,
Where th’ other dares not lend his eye.
One nearer to God’s altar trod,
The other to the altar’s God.
... Richard Crashaw (1613-1649), from “Divine Epigrams”, The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, London: J. R. Smith, 1858, p. 20 (see the book; see also Luke 18:9-14; Ps. 25:7; 130:3-4; Luke 1:50-53; more at Altar, God, Prayer, Temple)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

All the world’s history is ecclesiastical history, is the story of the success and failure, the advance and hindrance of the ideal humanity, the Church of the living God.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The Light of the World, and Other Sermons, v. 5, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1890, p. 16 (see the book; see also Acts 5:12-14; John 1:40-41; 7:12; 17:24; Rom. 8:16; more at Church, Failure, God, Historical, Success)

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The field of Christianity is the world. The Christian cannot be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of all connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations, but also all of human thought. The Christian, therefore, cannot be indifferent to any branch of earnest human endeavor. It must all be brought into some relation to the gospel. It must be studied either in order to be demonstrated as false, or else in order to be made useful in advancing the Kingdom of God.
... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), The Princeton Theological Review, v. 11, 1911, p. 6 (see the book; see also Matt. 16:26; Hos. 6:6; Isa. 6:1-3; Mark 8:36; 1 Cor. 13:9-12; Phil. 3:8; more at Disciple, Endeavor, Evangelization, God, Gospel, Indifference, Kingdom, Nation, Thought, World)

Friday, September 24, 2021

There is no positive possession of men which is sufficient to provide a foundation for human solidarity; for every positive possession—religious temperament, moral consciousness, humanitarianism—already contains within itself the seed of the disruption of society. These positive factors are productive of difference, since they distinguish men from one another. Genuine fellowship is grounded upon a negative: it is grounded upon what men lack. Precisely when we recognize that we are sinners do we perceive that we are brothers.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), The Epistle to the Romans, translated from the 6th edition by Edwyn C. Hoskyns, London: Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1933, 6th ed., Oxford University Press US, 1968, p. 100-101 (see the book; see also Rom. 3:9,22-24; 11:32; Gal. 3:22; 1 John 1:8-10; more at Community, Fellowship, Man, Possession, Sinner, Social)

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Feast of Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
Commemoration of Sergius of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392

“I have reserved me seven thousand.” I love the worshippers unknown to the world and to the very prophets.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, n. 788, p. 278 (see the book; see also 1 Kings 19:18; Hos. 2:23; Zech. 2:11; John 10:16; Acts 28:28; Rom. 2:14-15; more at God, Love, Prophet, World, Worship)

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942

Almighty and most merciful Father, whose clemency I now presume to implore, after a long life of carelessness and wickedness, have mercy upon me. I have committed many trespasses; I have neglected many duties; I have done what Thou hast forbidden, and left undone what Thou hast commanded. Forgive, merciful Lord, my sins, negligences, and ignorances, and enable me, by thy Holy Spirit, to amend my life according to thy Holy word, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Prayers and Meditations, London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1806, p. 191 (see the book; see also John 14:15-17; Matt. 6:12; Luke 18:13; 1 John 1:9; more at Careless, Commandment, Evil, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Mercy, Neglect, Prayers)

Monday, September 27, 2021
Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660

At first sight, you felt [the Beatitudes] turned everything upside down. At second sight, you understand that they turn everything right side up. The first time you read them they are impossible. The second time you read them, nothing else is possible. The beatitudes are not a chart for Christian duty. They are a charter for Christian liberty.
... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), from speech at Emory University, 1966 (see the book; see also John 8:31-32; Isa. 61:1-2; Matt. 5:3-12; Luke 4:18-19; 6:20-23; John 8:36; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1,13; more at Duty, Freedom, Kingdom, Liberty, Sight)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The short of the matter is this, either Reason and Religion prescribe rules and ends to all the ordinary actions of our life, or they do not: If they do, then it is as necessary to govern all our actions by those rules, as it is necessary to worship God. For if Religion teaches us any thing concerning eating and drinking, or spending our time and money, if it teaches us how we are to use and contemn the world, if it tells us what tempers we are to have in common life, how we are to be disposed towards all people, how we are to behave towards the sick, the poor, the old and destitute; if it tells us whom we are to treat with a particular love, whom we are to regard with a particular esteem; if it tells us how we are to treat our enemies, and how we are to mortify and deny our selves, he must be very weak, that can think these parts of Religion are not to be observed with as much exactness, as any doctrines that relate to Prayers.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 7-8 (see the book; see also Mark 13:33-37; Ex. 20:3-17; Matt. 5:44; 19:16-22; Mark 8:35; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:21; Gal. 6:2; Jas. 2:1-4; Jude 1:22; more at Action, God, Life, Prayers, Reason, Religion, Rule, Self, Teach, Worship)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Feast of Michael & All Angels

Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “Christian Apologetics”, in God in the Dock [1970], ed. Walter Hooper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994, p. 101 (see the book; see also Mark 3:20-24; Ps. 119:142; Mark 9:41-47; Luke 2:10-14; 1 Cor. 15:53-54; 1 Tim. 4:8; more at Faith, Infinite, Truth)

Thursday, September 30, 2021

I Heard the voice of Jesus say,
Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon my breast.
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad,
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
Behold, I freely give
The living water,—thirsty one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.
I came to Jesus and I drank
Of that life-giving stream,
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
I am this dark world’s light,
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright.
I looked to Jesus and I found
In Him, my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till travelling days are done.
... Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), Hymns of Faith and Hope, first series, New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1866, p. 159 (see the book; see also Rev. 21:6; Ps. 119:105; Isa. 35:10; Matt. 11:28-30; John 1:16; 4:13-14; 7:37-38; 1 John 5:3-4; Rev. 21:3-4; 22:5; more at Day, Gladness, Jesus, Life, Light, Rest, Star, Water, Weary)


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