the First Week of Advent
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What things were gain to me, these I counted loss for Christ, yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, as my righteousness. Philippians 3:7-9.
This was the life and constant mind of St. Paul. The words, "In him, in Christ, in the Lord, I am in Christ," occur continually. I chose it for my motto also. It shall be my great tower, my strong fortress, my sweet paradise, mine only element in life. Here I will take up my abode for ever. It is good for us to be here; here let us make tabernacles. Here death shall find me at last.
Had I ten thousand gifts beside,
I’d cleave to Jesus crucified.
And build on him alone;.
For no foundation is there given,
On which I’d place my hopes of heaven,
But Christ the corner stone.
Professing Christ I all profess;
Wisdom, and strength, and righteousness,
And sanctity complete;
Bold in his name I dare draw nigh
Before the Ruler of the sky,
And all his Justice meet.