Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 3, A.D. 2002

Malachi 1:14--2:2,8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:9-9,13
Matthew 23:1-12

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled,
but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."
(Matthew 23:12)

Ode from a gravedigger:

O what was it, mortal man,
that you should have yearned
so passionately
....all those worldly pursuits?

For what worth was it
to seek that which lasted not,
while passing obliviously by your goal everlasting
with barely a twinge of regret?

Now your earthly host lies stilled
in this peaceful state,
'midst tranquil field now quiet
surrounded by pine trees
narrow and straight.

Oh, why was it,
that worthless haste
that futile search
for vain satisfaction that never sates?

But now, as I toil and breathe over this shovel crude,
I'm reminded
of what marvelous godly composite we're all made,
that a few more moments have been given me
to guide my desires
and resolves
towards that Perfection

which lasts for ever

and ever

yes, forever!



- joachim (1993)

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