Lent Quote – Elisabeth Elliot: A poured-out life

March 29, 2012

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.
Elisabeth Elliot

(Note: I’ve seen this quote on several blog entries about suffering and brokenness, but none with the exact reference.  I know “ashes” and having “material for sacrifice” – offering up even our pain and longings and suffering to God – are frequent themes in Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, including her books “These Strange Ashes” and “Passion and Purity.”  If any of our readers can provide a more exact reference, I’d be glad to have it. – Karen)

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Update:  it appears this quote might be from one of Elisabeth Elliot’s “Gateway to Joy” radio broadcasts


A Lent Poem: Barnfloor and Winepress

March 29, 2012

Another of the wonderful daily Lenten poems posted by the Rev. Patrick Comerford, canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, throughout Lent 2012

Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?
Out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?’
– 2 Kings 6: 27.

Thou that on sin’s wages starvest,
Behold we have the joy in harvest:
For us was gather’d the first-fruits
For us was lifted from the roots,
Sheaved in cruel bands, bruised sore,
Scourged upon the threshing-floor;
Where the upper mill-stone roof’d His head,
At morn we found the heavenly Bread,
And on a thousand Altars laid,
Christ our Sacrifice is made!

Those whose dry plot for moisture gapes,
We shout with them that tread the grapes:
For us the Vine was fenced with thorn,
Five ways the precious branches torn;
Terrible fruit was on the tree
In the acre of Gethsemane;
For us by Calvary’s distress
The wine was rackèd from the press;
Now in our altar-vessels stored
Is the sweet Vintage of our Lord.

In Joseph’s garden they threw by
The riv’n Vine, leafless, lifeless, dry:
On Easter morn the Tree was forth,
In forty days reach’d Heaven from earth;
Soon the whole world is overspread;
Ye weary, come into the shade.

The field where he has planted us
Shall shake her fruit as Libanus,
When He has sheaved us in His sheaf,
When he has made us bear His leaf.—
We scarcely call that banquet food,
But even our Saviour’s and our blood,
We are so grafted on His wood.

Go read the full entry for a reflection on this poem and much interesting background about its writing.


Mark 10:17-27

March 29, 2012

Now as he was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:17-23)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize where we have become captive to our possessions. Please help us find the freedom to use them for the building up of the kingdom of God.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24)
      Help us recognize the folly of trusting in anything but you Jesus. All of our savings and homes and possessions can be swept away in an instant — only you remain solid and unyielding.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:25-26)
      Father, please help us think in kingdom terms.

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)
      Jesus, thank you for doing in me what I am unable to do in myself.

A word received: Hope in me. I AM your strength and your shield.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      I often find myself quoting Dame Julian of Norwich (ca 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) an English mystic who said, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” A quote suitable for today written about six hundred and years ago. Three hundred years before the founding of America! Words to ponder.

Albany Intercessor


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