September 25, 2009

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

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May these special words encourage your day!

--Description: 18th C, Cowper W., Encouragement, Hope, Christianity-

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

William Cowper

--Did You Know: (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem 'Yardley-Oak'. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan. Cowper suffered from severe manic depression, and although he found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace") led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered. He was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England in 1731. After education at Westminster School, he was articled to Mr. Chapman, solicitor, of Ely Place, Holborn, in order to be trained for a career in law. During this time, he spent his leisure at the home of his uncle Ashley Cowper, and there fell in love with his cousin Theodora, whom he wished to marry. But as James Croft, who in 1825 first published the poems Cowper addressed to Theodora, wrote, "her father, from an idea that the union of persons so nearly related was improper, refused to accede to the wishes of his daughter and nephew."

--Word of the Day: venial\VEE-nee-uhl\ , (adjective):
Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
Look less severely on a venial error.
-Jean Racine, Phaedra (translated by Robert Bruce Boswell)
Committing adultery was a mortal sin, while eating meat on Fridays was a venial sin.
-Sheryl McCarthy, "O'Connor Proposal for Meatless Day Is Thoughtless", Newsday, August 12, 1996

--Quote of the Day: Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
-Blaise Pascal

--Spanish Word of the Day: afición \afi'θjon\, (noun):
hobby; fans, supporters
(eg) Mi afición es la filatelia.
(transl) My hobby is stamp collecting.
(eg) Pinta por afición.
(transl) He paints as a hobby.

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