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Archive for September 4th, 2009

Be so connected to Heaven –

            that you’re disconnecting from the world.         

– 7/6/09

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I claimed it, I owed it; it was mine!  [1]

That mountain of ponderosa pine,

That spread of sage and crested-wheat grass,

That cluster of boards and nails known as a house,

That orchid of fruit I’d call “world class.”

 

I paid the taxes, held the title

To rolling pastures green to the line,

To cattle and horses and sheep so fine,

To full-headed, golden, bearded wheat.

It belongs to me and you can’t take it away;

Uh – What did you say?

 

You say that another soon will own

These bottom lands my hand has sown?

You say I won’t sell it or give it away,

Instead I’ll simply leave it here when I sigh

That final sigh and quickly die.

Another!  Imagine that!

 

Another will sit where I’ve sat and look o’er these fields,

And claim them his and gripe or brag about their yields.

And then like me he also will slip,

Beyond the sound of human lip,

And, leave as I will, his all behind.

His ALL, unless he will the Savior find.        

          – eab, 9/95

 


[1] Imagined this as the musings of a rancher in South Dakota or Nebraska where I had four happy years pastoring.

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Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do. 

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch was born this date, 9/4/1835 at Derby, EnglandHe was educated at Birmingham and Oxford, was ordained in England, but later taught in Canada. He produced a Concordance to the Septuagint which listed every word in the Greek text.  He is better remembered perhaps by “Breathe on me, breath of God,”  Hatch died 11/10/ 1889 at Head­ing­ton, Ox­ford­shire, Eng­land.

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