Tuesday, October 21


I bought a new devotional book yesterday - "Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines", by Renovare, eds Foster and Griffin. It looks fantastic!
The book has 4 readings on each of the spiritual disciplines, meant to be read one per week over the course of a year. I'm really looking forward to it.
The first discipline is meditation, and the first reading is by Thomas More (of Utopia fame). It's pretty meaty - I thought I'd share it.

A Godly Meditation - Thomas More

Give me thy grace, good Lord,
To set the world at nought,
To set my mind fast upon thee,
And not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary,
Not to long for worldly company,
Little and little utterly to cast off the world,
And rid my mind of all the business thereof.
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
but that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for his help,
To lean unto the comfort of God,
Busily to labour to love him.
To know mine own vilety and wretchedness,
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God,
To bewail my sins passed,
For the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
To be joyful of tribulations,
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life.
To bear the cross with Christ,
To have the last thing in remembrance,
To have ever afore mine eye my death that is ever at hand,
To make death no stranger to me,
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell,
To pray for pardon before the judge come.
To have continually in mind the passion that
Christ suffered for me,
For his benefits uncessantly to give him thanks.
To buy the time again that I before have lost.
To abstain from vain confabulations,
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness,
Recreations not necessary to cut off.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at right nought,
for the winning of Christ
To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have dne him so much good with their love and favour
as they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man, than all the treasure of all the princes and
kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all upon one heap.

God always seem to know exactly what we need. Yesterday I had spent too much time dwelling on some pain from a past rejection, and even though I was praying about it and trying to set it aside, it kept coming up, to the point that I was almost in tears as I was driving to class yesterday. In our Bible study last night, we were looking at Ephesians 1, and I was just reminded that I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (v 4) - what an encouragement! And so much more important than not being chosen by people on earth. That added to this reading this morning served as good reminders - "not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths./To be content to be solitary,/Not to long for worldly company."

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