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'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes

Devotional for September 22

"He has also set eternity in the hearts of men ..." (v. 11)

For reading & meditation:
Ecclesiastes 3:11

The text before us today reads like a conundrum. God has set eternity in our hearts, yet we cannot understand what He has done. God has not only established a timetable by which everything is ordered, but He has also placed within our spirits a deep longing for eternity. Because of this, there is something in every one of us that earth cannot satisfy. We live on earth, but we do not belong to it. We belong to eternity. Wordsworth, in his well known "Intimations of Immortality," speaks of this secret reminiscence of the soul when he says: But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God who is our home. "From God who is our home." This nostalgia we have for heaven is built into every human being, and although with many it is denied, ignored, or overlaid with other things, indisputably it is there. And it is a wonderful moment when a man or woman realizes it is there. Most people go about their daily tasks largely unaware that there are deep thirsts and deep longings in them which temporal things can never meet. Why is it, they say, that when I have everything I have ever wanted, it still does not satisfy? If only they would stop to consider and ask in relation to spiritual things, "What time is it?", they would then be ready to hear the answer: "It is time to come to terms with eternity."

O God, it seems too good to be true - that the thing most of humanity is searching for, I have found. You are the Homeland of my soul. In You I am safe, steady, and growing. I shall be eternally grateful. Amen.

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Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
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Every Day Light is a Christian daily devotional written by Selwyn Hughes, a Welsh Christian minister and founder of the Christian ministry Crusade for World Revival (CWR). Dr. Hughes passed away in 2006 but his devotional and ministry continues on providing deep insight into God's Word every day.
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