The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Food of the Soul

The hungry, starving soul doth cry,
Feed me, or I must cease to be;
And let the bread of love supply
My spirit's great necessity.

Nor think it strange. All things of life
Require their food, their vital air;
And perish on their field of strife,
If life's supplies are wanting there.

The dews descend on thirsty flower;
The heavens send radiance from above;
And so these hungry souls of ours
Live in the dews and rays of love.

Jesus is Love; the living Bread;
His own dear life He doth bestow;
And souls who on that life are fed,
The pangs of hunger shall not know.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XLIII.

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