Monday, February 4, 2008

Mercy every minute

"We are all prodigal sons, and not disinherited; we have received our portion, and misspent it, not been denied it. We are God's tenants here, and yet here, he, our landlord, pays us rents; not yearly, nor quarterly, but hourly and quarterly; every minute he renews his mercy."

John Donne, quoted in Thomas C. Oden, Classical Pastoral Care, III:285.