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TODAY'S THEME: LIGHTING THE DARKNESS

 
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Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, Like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

Hymn: "Abide With Me"
By Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)
Stanzas One and Three

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Henry Lyte coined the phrase, "It is better to wear out
than to rust out." And Henry Lyte wore out when he was
fifty-four years old, an obscure pastor who labored for
twenty-three years in a poor church in a fishing village
in Devonshire, England. This hymn, ("Abide With Me")
written shortly before his death, was inspired by the
words of the two disciples met by Jesus on the road
to Emmaus: "Stay the night with us, since it is
getting late." (Luke 24:29)

...As he wrote this (hymn), he knew he was dying of
tuberculosis and asthma. It was "eventide" for him,
darkness was deepening, and he felt very much
alone. But he was not alone, and we are not alone
even in our darkest times. Our Lord is with us, "the
help of the helpless," the one who never changes,
our guide and our security. He will never leave us
nor forsake us.

From "The One Year Great Songs of Faith,"
Compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown
and Mark R. Norton; Devotions written by
William J. Peterson and Randy Peterson
Tyndale House Publishers, 1995


Once when I was meditating, I heard His voice,
whispering,: "Thou dost say I am away, but thou
didst not come in.That is why thou dost say I am
away. Come in and thou wilt see Me. I am always
here, ready to greet thee."

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship

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Like a golden beacon signaling
on a moonless night,
Tao guides us our passage through
this transitory realm.
In moments of darkness and pain
remember that all is cyclical.
Sit quietly behind your wooden door:
Spring will come again.

Loy Ching Yuen
One of China's best known Tao
tai ch'i masters of the early 20th century

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O moon above the mountains' rim,
please shine a little further
on my path.

Izumi Shikibu (b. 976 ?)
Female Japanese poet




Dear Lord,
today I thought of the words
of Vincent van Gogh, "It is true there is an
ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea."
You are the sea. Although I experience many
ups and downs in my emotions and often feel
great shifts and changes in my inner life, you
remains the same...Out of your love I came to
life; by your love I am sustained; and to your
love I am always called back. There are days
of sadness and days of joy; there are feelings
of guilt and feelings of gratitude; there are
moments of failure and moments of
success; but all of them are embraced
by your unwavering love...

O Lord, sea of love and goodness,
let me not fear too much the storms
and winds of my daily life, and let me
know that there is ebb and flow but
that the sea remains the sea.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and prolific author

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When you grasp the fact that you are
accepted in the Beloved and that you
have the full acceptance of God, all of
your low self-esteem is going to be
healed. All of your reluctance to come
to God with your sins and your needs
is going to vanish. All of your shyness
toward Him is going to disappear.
You are in His Beloved. Nothing and
nobody can ever change that fact.


From "Six Pillars from Ephesians: Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
BethanyHouse, 2000


 


And now the Last Word:

Arise, you little glancing wings
& sing your infant joy!
Arise & drink your bliss!
For every thing that lives is holy;
from the source of life
Descends to be a weeping babe;
For the Earthworm renews the
moisture of the sandy plain.

From "Vala, or The Four Zoas"
William Blake (1757-1827)
English poet, painter and printmaker


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
(Sort of dead to sin...is that like being
sort of pregnant? --LB)

In a classic "Leadership" cartoon by Mary
Chambers, two couple are seated in a
living room engaged in Bible study. One of
the women is speaking.
"Well," she says, "I haven't actually died
to sin, but I did feel kind of faint once."

Citation: Mary Chambers, "Leadership"
From "Perfect Illustrations"
Complied by PreachingToday.com
Tyndale House Publishers

 

 

 
 


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