Art Azurdia – The Transformation of a Working Girl

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Art Azurdia – The Transformation of a Working Girl

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W.H. Auden – Faith and Sight

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“Christ did not enchant men; He demanded that they believe in Him: except on one occasion, the Transfiguration. For a brief while, Peter, James, and John were permitted to see Him in His glory. For that brief while they had no need of faith. The vision vanished, and the memory of it did not prevent them from all forsaking Him when He was arrested, or Peter from denying that he had ever known Him.”

… W. H. Auden (1907-1973), A Certain World, London: Faber and Faber, 1971, p. 150

Philip Yancey – Redemption for Traitors

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“How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died.”

… Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 285

A.J. Gossip – You are flustered and uneasy…

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“You are flustered and uneasy.  Feel for the hand of God your Father, and be sure that He is your Father, thinking you with a father’s care, and you will find a hand does close on yours.  Or you are disconcerted that so little comes of all your spiritual strivings.  Turn to the Cross again, and, looking up at it, really take in that it is not upon your own poor efforts and weak will but upon God’s eternal plans and dearest wish you lean and that will rally you.  Or you are baffled and beaten, and it seems no use trying further.  Sink your tired, fretted mind deep down into the infinite deeps of God’s unthinkable majesty and patience and … so you will feel strong walls about you, will find yourself in a cool, sheltered place with your breath come again; better than that, will, like Paul, fling yourself unafraid once more into the fight, knowing that He that is with you is more than all they that can be against you; that through Him you can do all things…”

A.J. Gossip – The Galilean Accent, pg. 60

Troubled souls are always safe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspired by our time in Jonah yesterday…

“I can tell you for an eternal truth that troubled souls are always safe. It is the untroubled that are in danger. Trouble in itself is always a claim on love, and God is love. He must deny Himself if He does not come to help the helpless. It is the prisoners, and the blind, and the leper, and the possessed, and the hungry, and the tempest-tossed, who are His special care. Therefore, if you are lost and sick and bound, you are just in the place where He can meet you. Blessed are the mourners. They shall be comforted.”

… Andrew Jukes (1815-1901), [1889], Letters of Andrew Jukes, London: Longman, Green, and Company, 1903, [1889], p. 155