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  1. Therese of Lisieux: the life of love
    Thursday, April 9, 2020
        Maundy Thursday
        Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945
        Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
        —John 14:23 (NIV)
    The eve His life of love drew near its end,
        Thus Jesus spoke: “Whoever loveth Me,
    And keeps My word as Mine own faithful friend,
        My Father, then, and I his guests will be;
    Within his heart will make Our dwelling above.
        Our palace home, true type of heaven above.
    There, filled with peace, We will that he shall rest,
            With us, in love.”
        ... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907, “To Live of Love”, n. 1 (see the book)
        See also John 14:23-27; Ps. 90:1; 91:1; John 14:2-3; 1 John 4:15-16; Rev. 3:20; 19:9
    Quiet time reflection:
        Lord, I receive You in my heart.
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  2. Love straight through
    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
        Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
        And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
        —Matthew 26:50 (KJV)
        He said to Judas, when he betrayed Him: “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” Just as if He had said: “Thou hatest me, and art mine enemy, yet I love thee, and am thy friend.” ... As though God in human nature were saying: “I am pure, simple Goodness, and therefore I cannot will or desire or rejoice in, or do or give anything but goodness. If I am to reward thee for thy evil and wickedness, I must do it with goodness, for I am and have nothing else.”
        ... Theologia Germanica [1518], Anonymous, ascribed to Johannes de Francfordia, (1380?-1440) & Susanna Winkworth, tr., published anonymously by Martin Luther, ch. XXXIII (see the book)
        See also Matt. 26:50; Ps. 31:19; 34:8; 41:9; 55:12-14; 107:1; Luke 22:48; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Jas. 1:27; 1 John 4:8-10
    Quiet time reflection:
        Lord, You have embraced me when I have betrayed You.
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  3. Carlyle: illusion and reality
    Tuesday, April 7, 2020
        Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
        —Proverbs 9:8 (NIV)
        Sweep away the illusion of time; glance, if thou have eyes, from the near moving cause to its far distant mover. The stroke that came transmitted through a whole galaxy of elastic balls, was it less a stroke than if the last ball only had been struck, and sent flying? Oh, could I transport thee direct from the beginnings to the endings, how were thy eyesight unsealed, and thy heart set flaming in the light-sea of celestial wonder! Then sawest thou that this fair universe, were it in the meanest province thereof, is in very deed the Stardomed City of God; that through every star, through every grass-blade, and most through every living soul, the glory of a present God still beams. But Nature, which is the time-vesture of God, and reveals Him to the wise, hides Him from the foolish.
        ... Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Sartor Resartus, 2nd ed., Philadelphia: Munroe & Co., 1837, p. 267-268 (see the book)
        See also Prov. 9:8; Deut. 4:19; Ps. 8:1-4; 33:6-9; Matt. 5:45; John 1:18; Rom. 1:20
    Quiet time reflection:
        Lord, I witness Your hand in the universe.
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  4. Johnson: petition for grace
    Monday, April 6, 2020
        Commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, artist, 1528, and Michelangelo Buonarrotti, artist, spiritual writer, 1564
        Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
        —Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV)
        Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now about to commemorate once more, in Thy presence, the redemption of the world by our Lord and Savior Thy Son Jesus Christ. Grant, O most merciful God, that the benefit of His sufferings may be extended to me. Grant me faith, grant me repentance. Illuminate me with Thy Holy Spirit. Enable me to form good purposes, and to bring these purposes to good effect. Let me so dispose my time, that I may discharge the duties to which Thou shalt vouchsafe to call me, and let that degree of health, to which Thy mercy has restored me, be employed to Thy Glory. O God, invigorate my understanding, compose my perturbations, recall my wanderings, and calm my thoughts, that having lived while Thou shalt grant me life, to do good and to praise Thee, I may when Thy call shall summon me to another state, receive mercy from Thee, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
        ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Prayers and Meditations, London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1806, Easter Day, 1771, p. 84-85 (see the book)
        See also Gal. 3:13-14; Pr. 13;4; 1 Cor. 15:58; Gal. 6:9; Eph. 1:7-8; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Rev. 5:9
    Quiet time reflection:
        Lord, prepare us to receive Your grace.
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  5. Watts: Hosanna to Christ
    Sunday, April 5, 2020
        Palm Sunday
        The crowds that went ahead of [Jesus] and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
        —Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
    Hosanna to the royal Son
        Of David’s ancient line!
    His natures two, his person one,
        Mysterious and divine.

    The root of David here, we find,
        And Offspring are the same;
    Eternity and time are join’d
        In our Immanuel’s name.

    Bless’d he that comes to wretched men
        With peaceful news from heaven!
    Hosannas of the highest strain
        To Christ the Lord be giv’n!

    Let mortals ne’er refuse to take
        Th’ hosanna on their tongues,
    Lest rocks and stones should rise, and break
        Their silence into songs.
        ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book I, hymn 16, p. 301 (see the book)
        See also Matt. 21:9; Ps. 118:24-26; Isa. 55:12; 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Mark 11:9-10; Luke 19:38,40
    Quiet time reflection:
        Lord, You have announced Your peace!

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