Inspired by my conversation with Corinne

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Matthew 7:1-12

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!  “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

O God, our Father, history and experience have given us so many evidences of Thy guidance to nations and to individuals that we should not doubt Thy power or Thy willingness to direct s. Give us the faith to believe that when God wants us to do or not to do any particular thing, God finds a way of letting us know it. May we not make it more difficult for Thee to guide us but be willing to be led by Thee that thou will may be done in us and Unto us for the good of all mankind. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Senate, April 7, 1948 by Senate Chaplain Rev. Peter Marshall, born May 1902, died January 26, 1949, was a Scots-American preacher, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and was appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate.)

THE GATE OF THE YEAR

(Poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908.)

‘God Knows'

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.

And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart be still:

 What need our little life

 Our human life to know,

  If God hath comprehension?

 In all the dizzy strife

 Of things both high and low,

  God hideth His intention.

 God knows. His will

 Is best. The stretch of years

 Which wind ahead, so dim

  To our imperfect vision,

 Are clear to God. Our fears

 Are premature; In Him,

  All time hath full provision.

 Then rest: until

 God moves to lift the veil

 From our impatient eyes,

 When, as the sweeter features

  Of Life’s stern face we hail,

 Fair beyond all surmise

 God’s thought around His creatures

  Our mind shall fill.