“Poignant, full of grit and edge and those occasional bolts of energy that tear words into their primal elements and then radiate light.” —Mark S. Burrows, poet, professor, translator of Rilke
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January 26 Echoes of Eternity
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
II Corinthians 5:7
Do not fret yourself with things too high for you—with concerns over which you have no control. Such fretting only robs you of peace and wastes energy. Focus on the things for which you are sent. Don’t fritter away the days and hours with idleness. Claim the high calling I have given you, and quit yourself like a man.
Those who walk with Me must sometimes walk in shadows. You must be prepared for silence as well as speech. I do not always explain what I am doing, and I want your unqualified trust in Me. If everything were absolutely clear, you would be walking by sight, and for My own reasons, I have called you to the walk of faith. Faith grows in the shadows, but shrinks in the light. You will understand
this better when all becomes clear. In the shadows, practice praise. Go steadily on the path I have laid out for you, and be of good cheer.
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Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4100009
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song | The Community of Jesus
By Cantor We have found the Messiah! Can you imagine a relative or friend coming up to you and saying “We have found the Messiah!#quot; The Communion chant for last week is exactly that — Andrew telling his brother Simon that he had found the Messiah. Perhaps like some of us, Andrew did not know what Simon##039;s reaction would be. Certainly, the chant gives that impression! [ 180 more words. ]
We have found the Messiah!
Can you imagine a relative or friend coming up to you and saying “We have found the Messiah!”
The Communion chant for last week is exactly that — Andrew telling his brother Simon that he had found the Messiah. Perhaps like some of us, Andrew did not know what Simon’s reaction would be. Certainly, the chant gives that impression!
The chant itself is in three sections. The outer two sections are simply narrative, beautifully setting the scene. Their melodies are simple decorations of the reciting tone. However, the second sections — the actual words of Andrew — are quite emotionally and musically charged. At the words “Invenimus Messiam” (We have found the Messiah), the chant jumps to the top of the mode and just as quickly leaps to the bottom of the mode. You can almost hear Andrew making certain that Simon would not ignore his words! The text following — “who is called the Christ” sweeps right back up again to a modal high point on the word “called” and then gently descends into the final section of the chant.
I am always amazed that chant has the ability to make these famous words of scripture come to life in a small cocoon of musical drama. Andrew’s words will be ringing in my ears for weeks to come!
January 25 Echoes of Eternity
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Be not troubled in spirit over the negative things being bandied about. In very truth I tell you, the spirit of Antichrist is abroad and doing much harm among those open to it. It need not trouble you. Rather let it signal your need to draw closer to Me, your peace and your vindication. Did I not come to Job’s defense after I had dealt with his self-righteousness? Did I not promise that those who follow Me would know persecution? This, My child, is but reality. It is built into the fallen state of this world. Until all is brought into conformity with My divine, creative purpose, conflict and persecution will be the lot of those who walk with Me.
But is it not a good walk, My child?
January 24 Echoes of Eternity
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The day is Mine. All things are held together by My power and will. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.” The grandeur of this vision can bring light and hope into your dark day.
The day is Mine. I am the Light of the world and the Light of My people in a peculiar sense. I am your Light, My child, casting away the lingering shadows of doubt and sin. Light and health are closely related, as more light drives out the breeding places of sickness in your soul. You see and feel the bodily sickness, the ravages of disorder and disharmony in the flesh. I see the soul even more ravaged by dark thoughts and wrong attitudes. The soul struggles to live, but it
needs My light and healing even more than does your bodily flesh.
The day is Mine. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. Be of good cheer!
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January 23 Echoes of Eternity
I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.
I am the Good Shepherd. I know My sheep and am known of Mine. I have known you since you were conceived in your mother’s womb, and have watched over you with tender care.
Why would you doubt My care for you? I did not bring you this far to abandon you! But My ways are not your ways and you still have much to learn of Me. Your knowledge and your faith are very small. I watch you draw back into yourself, rather than boldly coming out into the sunshine of My love.