The poet Rudyard Kipling wrote the following words in 1897, as an admonition to the British Empire against pride: “The tumult and the shouting dies; the captains and the kings depart. Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, a humble and a contrite heart.” When Kipling spoke of a contrite heart as an “ancient sacrifice,” he was … Continue reading The Ancient Sacrifice – Humility
How do followers of Jesus respond when we or those whom we love experience great grief and loss? We grieve and lament. It is important that we allow ourselves to grieve. Jesus wept before the tomb of his friend Lazarus. Isaiah called him the suffering servant of the Lord who was well-acquainted with grief. Our … Continue reading For Those Experiencing Great Grief and Loss
In Psalm 57:2, David declares who He worship and why he worships amidst great affliction and difficulty: "I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me." It is most assuring to know that God has a plan and will fulfill it. David is on the run from a … Continue reading How Does the Lord Fulfill His Purpose for Us?