Joy and Strength 07/09

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love; and he that dwelleth inlove^dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John iv. 16.

As flame streams upward, so my longing thought
Flies up with Thee,
Thou God and Saviour, who hast truly wrought
Life out of death, and to us, loving, brought
A fresh, new world; and in Thy sweet chains caught.
And made us free!
Maurice Francis Egan.

WHAT a blessed and glorious thing human existence would be, if we fully realized that the infinitely wise and infinitely powerful God loves each one of us, with an intensity infinitely beyond what the nnost fervid human spirit ever felt towards another, and with a concentration as if He had none else to think of! And this love has brought us into being, just that we might be taught to enter into fuil sympathy with Him, receiving His, — giving our own—thus entering into the joy of our Lord. This is the hope — the sure and certain hope — set before us, — sure and certain, — for “the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”
Thomas Erskine

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