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Friday
Jan232015

You May Sense His Soft Proposal

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“….[He] leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3)


"…. the visible creation as God’s handiwork makes manifest the invisible perfections of God as its Creator, that from the things which are perceptible to the senses cognition of these invisible perfections is derived, and that thus a clear apprehension of God’s perfections may be gained from his observable handiwork.”
—John Murray (theologian)

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
—Song of Songs 2:8-9


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You May Sense His Soft Proposal


He lay hidden in the splendor,
And He whispers beyond Time.
Come, draw near…Behold his Glory
In this nature so sublime.

He speaks volumes in creation,
Nature’s Prologue makes it clear,
There He stands outside the lattice,
While He calls his lover near.

Turn the page of this proposal,
Seek the Truth beyond the wall.
Come, surrender to the Romance,
Hear the Savior’s loving call.

Here, beside the quiet water,
Here, the silent Word is sown…
Here, the Grace of revelation,
Hear the Truth who may be known.

If you listen very closely
By these waters that He made,
You may apprehend The Glory,
Grace and Truth that will not fade.

You may sense His Soft Proposal
On the shoreline where you stand,
You may hear his Silent Whisper,
Feel the flames of longing fanned.

By still waters, seek his Presence…,
Bridegroom/Shepherd’s at the door.
May the Living Water cleanse you…
And your soul in Him restored.


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"[T]he whole of this sensible world is like a book written by the finger of God."
—Richard of St. Victor [12th C.]

"We know [God] by two means: First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe; which is before our eyes as a most elegant book,... leading us to see clearly the invisible things of God, even his everlasting power and divinity, as the apostle Paul says in Romans 1:20. All which things are sufficient to convince men and leave them without excuse. Second, He makes Himself more clearly and fully known to us by His holy and divine Word, that is to say, as far as is necessary for us to know in this life, to His glory and our salvation."
—Belgic Confession (Article 2)


"For God so loved the world..."


*Photos taken by Tom Graffagnino near his Harris County home in Georgia.