There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in heaven…
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man’s mind
–God’s Mercy, Frederick William Faber
All things God can do, but this thing He will not:
Unbind the chain of cause and consequence,
Or speed time’s arrow backward….
Wrought out the splendour of His eternity.
There is no waste with God; He cancels nothing
But redeems all.
–Judgement and Mercy, Dororthy L. Sayers
So teach us to number our days,
That we may get us an heart of wisdom.
–Psalm 90, Moulton: The Modern Reader’s Bible, 1895
God will not change; the restless years may bring
Sunlight and shade–glories of the spring,
And silent gloom of winter hours–
Joy mixed with grief–sharp thorns with fragrant flowers.
Earth’s lights may shine awhile, and then grow dim,
But God is true; there is no change in Him.
–In Whom Is No Variableness, Edith Hickman Divall
Before all Time, before all worlds,
Before the dawn of every age, the dawn of every world,
Is God! And He remains
Beyond all coming ages, and beyond
All unthought worlds that yet may be!
–From Everlasting to Everlasting, Namdev, 1270
Slowly the Bible of the race is writ,
And not on paper leaves nor leaves of stone;
Each age, each kindred, adds a verse to it,
Texts of despair or hope, or joy or moan…
–God is Not Dumb, James Russell Lowell
Now Hell has wholly boiled away
And God become a shade.
There is no place for him to stay
In all the world he made…
I sometimes wish that God were back
In this dark world and wide;
For though some virtues he might lack,
He had his pleasant side.
–Man’s Need of God, Gamaliel Bradford