Challenging Thoughts for Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body, for the service of Christendom and of the Church.

Martin Luther

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There is a short play by Thornton Wilder called The Angel That Troubles the Waters.  An infirm physician approaches the pool at Bethesda, where others had been healed, and waits for the waters to be troubled so that he might be made whole again.  The angel who stirs the water appears and says,

“Stand back.  Healing is not for you.

Without your wound, where would your power be?

…We ourselves, the very angels of God in heaven, cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children of earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.

In love’s service, only wounded soldiers will do.”

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Be sure of this:

there is no creature ever made by God who can set you free or help you; only God can do it.

Run about as you will,

search high and low the whole world over, you will never find the help you need anywhere except in God.

If the Lord chooses to use an instrument, man or angel, to achieve this, He can; but He must do it and no one else.

Seek this help inside yourself, the depths of your soul; stop running around, stop searching up and down the countryside; be still, be calm, stay where you are, in Egypt, in darkness, until the angel comes to call you.

Joseph was asleep when the angel called him.

John Tauler, German mystic

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God is the master of the scenes;

we must not choose which part we shall act; it concerns us only to be careful that we do it well.

Jeremy Taylor

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Each individual has his own kind of living assigned to him by the Lord as a sort of sentry post so that he may not heedlessly wander throughout life.

John Calvin

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