I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Anvil – God’s Word

Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
            And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then, looking in, I saw upon the floor
            Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.

“How many anvils have you had,” said I,
            “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
“Just one,” said he, and then, with twinkling eye,
            “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”

And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
            For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
            The Anvil is unharmed—the hammers are gone.

— Anonymous

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