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

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Some Good Days Are Made Better

Today the post brought a letter. Remember those? With a stamp in the corner? That is always a treat.

This one brought with it an amazing piece of church history. An ancient hymn written by a saint and martyr of the 5Th Century was enclosed.

Aside from the theology it contains, it is a glorious picture of the Faith Walk, the journey in every age by every pilgrim who seeks to please his or her Captain.

A Hymn of Praise is the superscript, written on the First Commandment.

If all you want, Lord,
is my heart,
my heart is yours alone-
Providing I may set apart my mind
to be my own.

If all you want, Lord, is my mind,
my mind belongs to you,
But let my heart remain inclined
to do what it would do.

If heart and mind would both suffice,
while I keep strength and soul,
At least I would not sacrifice
completely my control.

But since, O God, you want them all
to shape with your own hand,
I pray for grace to heed your call
to live your first command.

~St. Flavian, died 449

These words are so 'contemporary' one must "touch them to see if the ink is dry."

Thank you, Dear Daughter for the reminder that the call on our lives, by our Faithful God remains the same from age to age.