May 4 – Devotion from Pastor Craig

Show Notes:

  • Here are the words to “Awake, Thou that Sleepest,” and below are a few quotes from the sermon:
    •  And first, as to the sleepers here spoken to. By sleep is signified the natural state of man; that deep sleep of the soul
    • “Thou are but ‘a stranger, a sojourner upon earth”
    • “Dost thou know what religion is? That is the participation of the divine nature, the life of God in the soul of man: Christ formed in the heart”
    • “O let us live, and we shall call upon Thy name. Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts! Show the light of Thy countenance, and we shall be whole.”
  • If you would like a brief biographical overview of Charles Wesley, Christianity Today has a good short article
  • Here is a contemporary(ish) rendition of “And can it be,” Charles’ sermon written days after his conversion.
  • This theme of a change in heart condition and powerful experience of God’s transforming and saving grace is depicted in Bernini’s famous statue the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.
  • And a quote to close, one of my all time favorites, drawing on the same language of light Charles uses in the sermon:
    • “We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” – Madeleine L’Engle