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Archive for September 7th, 2009

It’s a pity when –

“Heathcare” is unhealthy

 

“Security” is insecure and

 

“Christians” are unChrist-like.      

 

– eab, 8/29/09

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HE KNOWS

The God who sustains all the stars on high,

And marks the sparrow in its lone flight;

That God Who knows all our troubles and woes,

And hears every cry,

Alone in the midst of the night.

Is alive and knoweth right well,

Our need.  He knows, He knows.       

                – eab, 9/75

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Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

John Greenleaf Whittier died this date, 9/7/1892 at Hampton Falls, NH.  He was elected to the Massachusetts legislature.  Known as America’s “Quaker Poet,” he wrote approximately one hundred hymns among which is “Dear Lord & Father of Mankind.”         He was born 12/17/1807, near Ha­ver­hill, Mass­a­chu­setts.

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