Grace and Supplications




The mothers of new life

Blessings strangely wrapped

When all the time

We want to hold the key

To open a new path

We will think it through

Earn it through

Sweat it through

Not so

Says the Lord of Zion.

Those in David’s train

Messiah’s train

Have a threshold


A breaking to self

To see God the giver

The rescuer

The reconciler

As sufficient indeed

And oh so yearning

For His children of promise

To graduate.

He shows His wounds

The product of their blind thrashings.

He marks them

With Spirit of initiation

And Spirit of urgent requests

And they are never after the same.


Growing in family likeness.

Ever fond of

Tokens of deliverance

Visions of Glory

In the bud.

Zechariah 12: 10. This chapter is in the first instance describing a day of judgment and deliverance for the Jews. Jerusalem at last becomes a place of Godly power and permanence. Enemies are reduced to nought all the way around. But in the discovery of true holiness the Jews must first discover how they have wounded their only Saviour, yet He forgives them. In the Christian experience this is called “repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). It is part of the testimonyof every Gospel awakening.


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One thought on “Grace and Supplications”

  1. For some reason this morning I got thinking about an old acquaintance…Doug Leighton. Hilary and I sang with him and his wife in the choir at the church where we were married (1974). He became an Anglican minister and was much loved by my Mom’s oldest neighbor Shirley Lyons (in her nineties and widowed for over 40 years). She still takes the cab to Bishop Cronyn Anglican Church. Doug has a secondary role there now and is engaged to a larger degree as history prof at the Anglican Seminary Huron College.

    There was a time when I did the whole Church of England thing. The Chancellor was Judge Joe Winters. He was the last judge I argued before in the waning months of my law practice. He had also been my Dad’s business lawyer. He told me once that he saw me getting heavily involved with the business of the Church. Sounded exciting…but then came the real Gospel.

    This morning I browsed around the Leighton topic and found him mentioned in a newsletter (2013) from our old church St John the Evangelist Anglican. I was disturbed to see reference to a “thrilling” visit and lecture from Bishop John Shelby Spong (retired – New Jersey). This man is a participant in distracting priest-craft, attempting to cast great doubt on Bible inerrancy and focal doctrines. Oh, but he is a captivating speaker!


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