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Feed Upon God Himself

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“He loves Thee too little, O God, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.” – Augustine

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.” Jonathan Edwards, Works, II, 244.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”- C.S. Lewis

“In Your presence, [O Lord], there is fulness of joy, in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – King David

“Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, you/ As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;/ That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend/ Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new/…Take me to you, imprison me, for I/ Except you enthral me, never shall be free/ Nor ever chaste, except your ravish me.” – John Donne, Sonnet XIV

“Ah, how many Marahs have been sweetened by a simple, satisfying glimpse of the Tree and the Love which underwent its worst conflict there. Yes, the Cross is the tree that sweetens the waters. ‘Love never faileth.” – Jim Elliot, Epilogue, Shadow of the Almighty

“Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts, Thou fount of life, Thou light of men, from the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfilled to Thee again.” – Bernard of Claivaux

“Jesus, priceless treasure/ Source of purest pleasure/ Truest friend to me;/ Long my heart hath panted/ ‘Til it well-nigh fainted/ Thirsting after Thee./ Thine I am/ O spotless Lamb/ I will suffer nought to hide Thee/ Ask for nought beside Thee.” – Johann Franck

“The felicities of the blessed spirits that surround [God’s] throne, and your felicities, O Christian, are immortal. These heavenly luminaries shall glow with an undecaying flame; and you shall shine and glitter among them when the sun and stars are gone out. Still shall the unchanging Father of lights pour forth His beams upon them; and the luster they reflect from Him, and their happiness in Him, shall be everlasting, shall be ever growing.” – Philip Doddridge

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Written by Michael Duenes

May 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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