Overlooked for many decades, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) is now increasingly recognized to be one of the great English poets of the 19th century. I am appreciating her deep love of God and her candid revealing of her inner struggles. One of her poems describes her feeling of near despair, fearing she was beyond hope, too late to change her attitude and come to Christ. But suddenly she is surprised:
“Hark! . . . One I hear Who calls to me:
‘Give Me thy thorn and grief and scorn,
Give Me thy ruin and regret.
Press on thro’ darkness toward the morn:
One loves thee yet:
Have I forgotten thee?’
Lord, Who art Thou? Lord, is it Thou
My Lord and God Lord Jesus Christ?
Why did I feel that I sat alone
Desolate and inadequate?
Surely a stone
Would raise Thy praises now!”
Coffee/tea thought: Can you remember a time when you felt deeply unworthy, sinful, discouraged, and Jesus Christ reached out and encouraged you? Thank God with Rossetti that we can never outrun his grace.
Ref: Poem “An exceeding bitter cry” by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). [ I have taken the liberty of slightly modernizing a few words for today’s readers. ]
September 6th, 2018
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