THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work, or His own gifts; who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: Thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
... John Milton (1608-1674), composed 1655, The Complete Poems of John Milton, New York: P. F. Collier, 1909, p. 86 (see the book; see also Matthew 25:14-30; more at Gifts, God, Need, Obedience, Patience, Service, Talent)

 
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