Tuesday, May 11, 2010
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us. In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute; We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not: Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in You. II Corinthians 4: 7-12

He steals softly when He works. That which rubbed our pride raw at the beginning of our journey with Him returns later as balm. How oft do our stiff necks jerk at the yoke, and how our wills do gawk when we discover that the only actions creditable to us are those which are evil. So also do we rebuke the world for persecuting us and complain to God for allowing them this freedom.

Yet, after the dark moment, curse becomes benediction, and with relief we behold Christ using us for His eternal ends. It is a more resplendent fate to be a moon with no light of its own, but reflecting the Greater, than to be a self sufficient glow worm. And if these earthen vessels are scratched and cracked by the wicked, then the Lord has allowed us the grace of a struggle to endure and a story to tell.


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Domine, spero quia mundum vicisti. Lord, I trust that Thou hast overcome the world. Panie, ufam, żeś pokonał świat.
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