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A thought for the first Sunday of Advent

Title page of Evening Rest

Today's Devotional

And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple—Malachi 3:1 (ESV).

See the King desired for ages, by the just expected long;
Long implored, at length he hasteth, cometh with salvation strong.
Oh, how past all utterance happy, sweet, and joyful it will be,
When they who unseen have loved Him, Jesus face to face shall see!
What will he the bliss and rapture none can dream and none can tell,
There to reign among the angels, in that heavenly home to dwell.
To those realms, just Judge, oh, call me, deign to open that blest gate;
Thou whom, seeking, looking, longing, I with eager hope await.


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About the author and the source

The lady who wrote Evening Rest identified herself only as the author of Morning Light. The preface, by Thomas Thellusson Carter (1808–1901), Rector of Clewery, noted: “The texts and verses are carefully adjusted to the course of the church’s seasons, thus weaving together, in a connected series of successive commemorations, the great mysteries of the faith, the chief graces of a holy life, and the examples of the saints.”

Evening Rest or Closing thoughts for every day in the Christian year. New York: Pott and Amery, 1871.

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