ANDREW: Light in this Season
Could we with ink the oceans fill, and were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above, would drain the oceans dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.
These words were penned on the wall of an asylum in which William Cowper was once kept. He lived in the 18th century and wrote many poems and songs. One of his friends and pastor was John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) who often visited him while ill. William Cowper suffered from severe depression and though he often comforted others he rarely found himself comforted. He knew what it was like to live in and survive the Spiritual Desert.
Over the last 2 Sundays we studied where to find happiness (Psalm 1) and how to survive in a spiritual desert (Psalm 42-43). I hope that these are encouraging to you in whatever circumstances you find yourself over this holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. For some people it is light and happy; for others it is dark and sorrowful. I pray that all of us will be refreshed by the light of the world this Christmas season.
Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord Who rises
With healing in His wings:
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after the rain
(William Cowper, Sometimes a Light Surprises)