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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Small Thoughts from Psalm 103

Psalm 103 is part of today's Psalter reading from the Book of Common Prayer. Psalm 103 has special meaning for me. It was the one scripture portion my father requested at each visit during the months of his long dying.

This morning I was struck especially by the wording of verses 11 and 12. And of course it is necessary to begin with verse 10:

"He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, nor deals with us as our guilt deserves.."

"For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.

Look how wide also the east is from the west; so far has he set our sins from us.

"But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever and ever upon them that fear him; and his righteousness upon children's children." (v.17)

So great.

So far.

Merciful goodness and blessings to the grand children.

Small thoughts perhaps, but mighty in scope that is beyond grasp.

Undeserved and unlimited Grace.
Immeasurable Mercy that travels through the generations.

What remains to be said but an awed "Praise Him from whom all blessings flow".


  1. Thank you, those are words I needed to hear, again.

  2. My daughter and I first went to Keswick 25years ago, she was a baby we went with the minister of the church i attended. It was my first time in a tent and thought never again. But the second you walk into the largest tent id ever seen thousands of people praising our Lord makes the tent seem like luxary.We went every year for the next 18 years in a small caravan and it has changed but still is a great place to be. Ill try to take photo's thank you for you wishes i like to reed your words, God Bless Vicki x