The Grateful Christian

Essays, opinions, and works-in-progress by a conservative Lutheran pastor.

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In order of importance, I am a: Husband, father, pastor, hobby programmer, writer. Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust instead
Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.

--C.S.Lewis, The Apologist's Evening Prayer

Sunday, April 08, 2007

"Life, by this death abled"

Moyst with one drop of thy blood, my dry soule,
Shall (though she now be in extreme degree
Too stony hard, and yet too fleshly,) bee
Freed by that drop, from being starv'd, hard, or foule,
And life, by this death abled, shall controule
Death, whom thy death slue; nor shall to mee
Feare of first or last death, bring miserie,
If in thy little booke my name thou enroule,
Flesh in that long sleep is not putrified,
But made that there, of which, and for which 'twas;
Nor can by other meanes be glorified.
May then sinnes sleep, and deaths soone from me passe,
That wak't from both, I againe risen may
Salute the last, and everlasting day.
John Donne, La Corona, 400 years ago


Blogger Debbie said...

Hi Joe,

Happy Easter! I love this verse in I Peter 1 that talks about hope. In my own words from the Message: that Christ has given us a brand new life and we have everything to live for, that we can look forward to heaven when we'll have it all -- life healed and whole. It's a great day.

Apr 8, 2007, 11:35:00 AM  

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