[Spoken by Christ to the doubting or afflicted soul:]
Though afflicted, tempest-toss'd,
Comfortless awhile thou art,
Do not think thou canst be lost--
Thou art graven on my heart:
All thy wastes I will repair,
Thou shalt be rebuilt anew;
And in thee it shall appear
What a God of love can do.
- Anglican cleric and hymnographer John Newton, from his hymn "To the Afflicted"
(Painting: Christ as the Good Shepherd, 18th-cent. Bessarabian icon; note the symbolic abbreviations IHC and XC--for their meanings, see my blog post from last Friday)
A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.