Time of Reflection Quotations
“We are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man’s love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.”
~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“One very difficult aspect of sin is that my sin never feels like sin to me. My sin feels like life to me, plain and simple. My heart is an idol factory, and my mind is an excuse-making factory.”
~Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, former professor of English at Syracuse
“There is no repentance where a man can talk lightly of sin, much less where he can speak tenderly and lovingly of it.”
~Charles H. Spurgeon
“I’m a long long way
From where I left to begin this refrain
From where Your mercy and grace remain
From where you sit is it true, it’s not that far to You?
Didn’t I need to break out, want to be king?
Wouldn’t I face the gallows if I return?
Or is a man freely pardoned as I have heard?”
~Smalltown Poets, “Long, Long Way”
“There is tremendous relief in knowing His love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me….”
~J.I. Packer, British-born theologian
Psalm 130 (ESV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.