I wonder if Oswald perceived ‘that of God in Everyone’ the way most Quakers I know perceive it. Everyone has his own Vision of God: Oswald’s God may not be my God. Is he yours? Who is your God (if any)? If you could answer that question here, it might provoke some welcome activity to this blog. Or should it be laid down? Please comment!
Re Chambers take on the role of the missionary I can only say that it doesn’t speak to me. I believe rather than Jesus means us to heal the sick, feed the hungry, etc. What do you think?
““I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22.
I find it easy to wish that I was somewhere else, somebody else, somebody without all my blemishes and flaws. But I’m right where I need to be for God to do with me what he wills.
Purity of Heart is to will one thing.
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38
Oswald had a lot to say about this.
The Lord wants us to ‘teach all nations’. In this nation what we have to do first is to learn to respect all nations. Unfortunately we too often despise in the name of patriotism.
The Lord would have us to stop thinking poorly of immigrants, muslims, african Americans. We have no call as missionaries until we stop hating people.
In the Bible it’s pretty clearly a radical either-or: we love or we hate; those are our only options.
Beloved (Friends) love one another.
Forest had a noble ‘clerkship’ here for several years; you may have noticed that I am the only other (listed) contributor. You may also perceive that we began the blog in Nov of 2004. As one of the earliest participants had devoted a lot of time on it.
But one’s values change; the originator dropped out after several years; several years after that I more or less dropped out, too. We were fortunate that Forest was here to carry the responsibility. I occasionally tried to encourage him, but my priorities were (and are) otherwise.
Now it has been empty for about six months. I feel the need to keep it alive. I’ve decided to lean on Oswald Chambers to maintain continuity. You may find him a good substitute. Here is his entry for today:
“Moses went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens.” Exodus 2:11. We might review the chapter and talk about it. Failing that I suggest that Friends (and friends) may profit from seeing what Oswald had to say about it. Feel free to comment.