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Sunlight upon Judea's hills
And on the waves of Galilee,
On Jordan's streams and on the rills
That feed the dead and sleeping sea;
Most freshly from the green wood springs
The light breeze on its scented wings;
And gaily quiver in the sun
The cedar-tops of Lebanon.
A few more hours--a change hath come!
The sky is dark without a cloud;
The shouts of joy and wrath are dumb,
And proud knees unto earth are bowed.
A change is on the hill of death,
The helmeted watchers pant for breath,
And turn with wild and maniac eyes
From the dark scene of sacrifice.
That Sacrifice!--the death of Him,
The high and ever Holy One!
Well may the conscious heaven grow dim
And blacken the beholding sun!
The wonted light hath fled away,
Night settles on the middle day,
And Earthquake from his caverned bed
Is waking with a thrill of dread.
The dead are waking underneath!
Their prison door is rent away!
And, ghastly with the seal of death,
They wander in the eye of day!
The temple of the Cherubim,
The House of God is cold and dim;
A curse is on its trembling walls;
Its mighty veil asunder falls!
Well may the caverned depths of Earth
Be shaken and her mountains nod;
Well may the sheeted dead come forth
To gaze upon a suffering God!
Well may the temple-shrine grow dim,
And shadows veil the Cherubim,
When He, the chosen one of heaven,
A sacrifice for guilt is given!
And shall the sinful heart alone
Behold unmoved the atoning hour,
When Nature trembles on her throne'
And Death reigns his iron power?
Oh! shall the heart--whose sinfulness
Gave keeness to His sore distress,
And added to His tears of blood
Refuse its trembling gratitude?
--John Greenleaf Whittier
Great to see you at The Falls Church! You are right! We are into a lot of the same books.
Here are some that I would add:
Knowing God by JI Packer
Beyond Culture Wars by Michael S. Horton
Never Surrender by LTG William G. Boykin, USA(Ret)
Also, Eugene Peterson has out 4 volumes of a 5 volume series on spiritual theology that are excellent.
Blessings for this Christmas.