Saturday, June 13, 2009

We can do all things through Him who gives us strength

Richard Sibbes, The Art of Contentment Works of Richard Sibbes Vol 5, p. 189

" All our comfort, and all our grace, it comes through Christ, who having taken our nature upon him, and having satisfied God, is fit to derive all grace and comfort to us. For he is near us, he is of our nature, and God in him is well pleased so as we may now go boldly to Christ; we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. God himself out of Christ is a 'consuming fire.' Now, in Christ God favors man; he is gracious and lovely to us, and we to him; because Christ, his beloved son, hath took our nature upon him, and now in our nature he is in heaven... in him we do all things."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Poems on Ecclesiastes by John Newton

John Newton, a former slave trader who was converted and wrote Amazing Grace, also wrote a number of other hymns. Here are some stanzas about Ecclesiastes. (from volume 2 of his works, p.127)

Disease and pain invade our health,
and find an easy prey;
And oft, when least expected, wealth
takes wings and flies away

I pity those who seek no more
Than such a world can give;
Wretched they are, and blind and poor
And dying while they live

Since sin has fill’d the earth with woe,
And creatures fade and die;
Lord, wean our hearts from things below,
And fix our hopes on high.