For almost 16 months I have been sending out a daily devotional without a break. The time has come for a reprieve to catch up and begin a whole new series of devotionals.
For the next week or so your devotional will be an appropriate short poem, a couple of verses from a hymn, a pithy quote, and a two or three sentence introduction or conclusion.
Thank you for all the kind comments over the past months. It has been a privilege to do this work and I am amazed at the world-wide audience that has subscribed to these efforts to help Christians on their faith journey and the words I have given to those seeking the Lord.
Today’s thought is a poem from my favourite English poet George Herbert. He briefly portrays the struggle we have between sorrow and submission to the Guardian of our souls. Notice the series of contrasts he makes and consider how they speak to our inner struggles of the soul.
Ah my dear angry Lord,
Since thou dost love, yet strike;
Cast down, yet help afford;
Sure I will do the like.
I will complain, yet praise;
I will bewail, approve:
And all my sour-sweet days
I will lament, and love.