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Leaves of Life - September 5


  • Catherine Parr died 1548. 
  • Cardinal Richelieu born 1585.
  • Robert Fergusson born 1750.
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer born 1791.
  • Richard C. Trench born 1807.

Be patient! O, be patient! Put your ear against the earth;
Listen there how noiselessly the germ o' the seed has birth—
How noiselessly and gently it upheaves its little way,
Till it parts the scarcely broken ground, and the blade stands up in day.

Be patient! O, be patient!—though yet our hopes are green,
The harvest fields of freedom shall be crowned with sunny sheen.
Be ripening! be ripening—mature your silent way,
Till the whole broad land is tongued with fire on freedom's harvest day.
—Richard C. Trench.

And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
—James 1. 4.

Gracious Father, help me to see the truth as thou hast made it, and may I not be indifferent to the beauty and patience of the earth's revelations. May I not mistake indolence for patient ambition, which I would have for anxious hours, and which I need for my heart's desires. Amen.

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Originally published September 05, 2019.