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Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Psalm of Life by Longfellow

Last night, while waiting in a crowded hallway to go into the Longfellow Winter Concert, I read the bulletin boards I could see and saw a few portions from Longfellow's poem, "A Psalm of Life".  And I looked at his portrait and I thought about these words, the closing stanza to the poem:

"Let us, then, be up and doing,
        With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
        Learn to labor and to wait."

After reading a sermon on advent called "Watching" by John Henry Newman given way back in 1838, I've been thinking about this part:

"He watches for Christ who has a sensitive, eager, apprehensive mind; who is awake, alive, quick-sighted, zealous in seeking and honouring Him; who looks out for Him in all that happens, and who would not be surprised, who would not be over-agitated or overwhelmed, if he found that He was coming at once."

Wanting to live a better and more honoring life.  Honoring the value of life, honoring the value of time, opportunities, gifts.  Watching for Christ does not mean I look right over what is happening around me now, it means that I am watching for Christ in the moment and in the future.

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