Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bedazzled By Grace

Is there any other way our limited language can express it?

Bedazzle: to dazzle thoroughly;
to lose the faculty of steady vision from the brightness of the light!

The task before me this day is the lesson for Sunday. The subject is "The Name", "the Name above all names".

Remembering that the name is the character by which one is known, marked, distinguished,
The Name of Jesus is the revelation of Him - who He is, what He has done, what He continues to do in our Now and will do in our Future. All that is staggering enough to ponder.

But reading down the list compiled from scripture for class, waiting on the printer to do its job, I'm filled with the wonder of it, filled with awe at the magnitude of That Name. And yes, it dazzles! Truly and completely. Of all the names of the great and the mighty, the kind and the loving throughout history, none can compare..not even come close.

John Newton's, this one who knew all about grace, writes in his hymn "How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds":

...Dear name! the rock on which I build
My shield and hiding-place,
My never-failing treasure filled
With boundless stores of grace.
Jesus! my shepherd, husband, friend,
My prophet, priest and king,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end,
Accept the praise I bring...."
Dr. Erik Routley in his Hymns and the Faith beautifully states our conclusion:
"All the other names of Jesus are the notes his grace has struck out of life. They represent all the glowing colors in the spectrum of the world's praise. But they are all gathered up in that name which is as powerful and as health-giving as the sun itself, the name of Jesus."

1 comment:

  1. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow. I was singing a song on the way to church that said " Jesus, Messiah. The Name above all names..." I had to sing it over and over, it was so powerful!

    Thank you for the reminder of Newtons song. That verse fits me well, I think I must re-aquaint myself with that hymn. Thanks, Mum!