A Poem

God’s Word

I paused last eve beside a blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring, the vesper’s chime,
And looking in I saw upon the floor
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
“How many anvils have you had?” said I
“To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
“Just one,” he answered. Then with twinkling eye:
“The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
And so, I thought, the anvils of God’s Word
For ages skeptic’s blows have beat upon,
But though the noise of falling blows was heard
The anvil is unchanged; the hammers gone.

-John Clifford

Thoughts on a just society.

The Notes section of this Website may seem disparate from the rest, but my book is a comment on the world we live in and the world we would like it to be. Throughout man’s history runs the theme of his struggle to realize a world wherein the fruits of his labors will bring about a just and peaceful world. By these means, through his struggle, humankind will at last enter into a destined pacific state. Whether it is the utopia of socialism (communism) or the utopia of capitalism the goal is to create a society wherein the individual, or group, can realize his/her, or their, potential.
Humanism is a composite of both philosophies. Focused on the world as an entity unto itself humanism seeks to bring into being a just and honorable system.
Once the goals are attained,however,the struggle for the good morphs into a struggle for power. The will to power is a villain shrewd and destructive. Leaders in authority seldom relinquish power for the good freely.
So are we to conclude that the yearning for a just and honorable world is at fault. By no means. It is God’s imprint in us. The fault lies in man’s attempt to create a system without God. All systems would work if He was at the center and none will work if He is dismissed as superfluous.
Christ has commissioned His followers who are joined to the Kingdom to labor and pray for its realization on earth.
May all who love Him be obedient to His command.

Comments on G. Campbell ‘s sermon on Fellowship with God

G. Campbell Morgan spoke of George Mathieson’s description of gentleness. When we speak of a brook running down the hill side as a gentle brook, we are using a false term. There is no gentleness in the brook, but if we watch the mighty ocean when it kisses the golden sands and does not harm the child at play, then we may speak of gentleness. Gentleness is strength held in reserve and placed at the service of weakness-“Thy gentleness hath made me great.” 2 Sam 22:36
When we question why God does not move more quickly to accomplish His purpose in the world, to put an end to all that frets and puzzles us, remember His long suffering patience. His time is not our time. From His creation of the world to the present is a span of minutes in His reckoning of time. He moves slowly to perfect His plans for this earth and His children. His gentleness like the mighty ocean’s is held in reserve and placed at the service of our weakness.

He Knows

When I was very young I loved the 1800’s poets and still do.
This poem is a great comfort for those who grieve
and I have known grief.

I cannot see His skies, above,
For Autumn mists obscure the west;
But in the shelter of His love,
I fain would hush my heart to rest;
Though some bright hopes have tenderly
Been gathered to their last repose,
This sweet remembrance comforts me—
He knows.

For why the summer came —and went
He shows not yet to me, His child;
But patience , richer than content,
Broods softly where the summer smiled;
And where the last bright leaf shall fall,
The last pale blossom find repose,
Is safe with Him Who loveth all—
He knows.

Amid the hush of finished things
He hears His children’s feeblest prayer,
The tender shadowing of His wings
Extends beyond their utmost care;
And loss that ne’er on earth grows less.
With deep and holy meaning glows,
Since loss and pain, and homelessness—
He knows.

I cannot tell if cross or crown
Lies next within His thought for me;
It matters not, since faith has grown
So strong in His dear sympathy;
The clouds that o’er my pathway move,
The joys beyond its final close,
All rise from His deep heart of love—
He knows.

Late 1800’s Unknown poet.

Comments on G. Campbell Morgan’s sermon: Fellowship with God

G. Campbell Morgan spoke of George Mathieson’s description of gentleness. ‘When we speak of a brook running down the hill side as a gentle brook, we are using a false term. There is no gentleness in the brook but if we watch the mighty ocean when it kisses the golden sands and does not harm the child at play, then we may speak of gentleness. Gentleness is strength held in reserve and placed at the service of weakness-“Thy gentleness hath made me great.” 2 Sam 22:36′
When we question why God does not move more quickly to accomplish His purpose in the world, to put an end to all that frets and puzzles us, remember His long suffering patience. His time is not our time. From His creation of the world to the present is a span of minutes in His reckoning of time. He moves slowly to perfect His plans for this earth and His children. His gentleness like the mighty ocean’s is held in reserve and placed at the service of our weakness.

The Day

I don’t post often on this site. Ranting  is beyond me, everyday life is caught up in a writing blitz, FB friends, Twitter and LinkedIn.

There must be something interesting in the all of this, but it eludes me. Well, maybe we can bore each other now and then. I sit at my desk and look at the birds busy about their lives. The squirrels come in for their share  of attention. The flowers are  blooming profusely and the grass has a  green sheen to it. Husband gets a small amount of attention each day and never complains if I burn his dinner. Sometimes in the evenings when the lightening bugs gather, I wonder at their ability to light the night. Peace may reign in me and in the animals at present, but far off the world is going through troubled times and it disrupts the most peaceful life. May God’s peace reign soon in a world of turmoil.

Commentary on Holiness and Righteousness.

My Sunday reading of G. Campbell Morgan considered the subject of Holiness and Righteousness.
It is a portentous subject that one may find a little frightening, but it doesn’t need to be. It is a subject of beauty.

What is Holiness? The measure of Holiness is the Character of God. Righteousness pertains to conduct. Holiness pertains to character. The two words are aspects of one condition. Only in Christ Jesus can we comprehend the character of God. In Christ we know that the essence of God is Love. Grace, Mercy, Beneficence, Goodness, Justice, Wrath, Holiness and Righteousness. All are expressions of Love. Love seeks the highest for us and is fierce in our defense. As a mother defends and desires the best for her child and mourns her child’s failings, so God desires our spiritual growth and mourns our failings. “He is Love and is set upon our well-being.” G.Campbell Morgan.
Is it possible that we can become the person that God requires us to be? The answer is yes. As we walk daily in His presence He conforms us to the image of His son. As St Paul says “ Not as though I had already attained…but I follow after( press on)…Ephesians 3: 12-14

“Be therefore imitators of God as dearly loved children” Ephesians 5:1

Does a baby think; ‘I can’t walk, I can’t stand up’? No. He/she just does what babies do and does it over and over again until he/she gains the skills to walk. Even though falls and hurts are part of the process the baby continues and one day it walks and then runs.
So, brethren let us hold fast to God’s hand and one day we too will run. Let us work with God fervently towards the goal of being presented before His throne as faultless children.
“…Put off the old man… put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4 :22-24

Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes cease to be,
And Thou were left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.
-Emily Bronte

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