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the heart is made the dwelling-place of the light

It is in the flow 8:09 AM Sunday morning. The sun is shining this morning. I am down in the lower level wandering among my books. I was looking at a volume titled, "The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto" by Wallace Stegner. I recently bought two use books by Bernard DeVoto, "The Course of Empire" and "The Year of Decision 1846" both a about American History. Both these volumes are in a trilogy, "The Year of Decision 1846" is the first volume in the trilogy and the second is titled "Across the Wide Missouri" and the last volume in the trilogy "The Course of Empire". The volume, "Across the Wide Missouri" won the National Book Award.

So the morning goes by. Carol just left to walk Rudy.

Last night I read "The Odd Woman" a novel by Gail Godwin. We went to bed around 10:30 PM.

music Andy Stott 'Modern Love'

I have next to me this morning a book titled "The Abiding Presence" by Hugh Martin. I got out this book a couple of days ago to read what he says on the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit. Last week I wrote about being awakened or enlightenment. Martin has insightful things to say on spiritual illumination.

"But observe also, secondly, as completing the unparalleled perfection of this arrangement-in the first creation, God simply "commanded the light to shine out of darkness." His creative and almighty will was the sole cause of natural illumination. But Paul does not say that in the second and spiritual creation God commands light to spring up in our dark hearts and shine there. But-far more, and far nobler-God Himself shines in our hearts. He takes possession of our hearts by His Spirit. He returns to His own rightful dwelling-place-His people's souls; from which He had retired, offended by their rebellion, leaving them to the inevitable darkness which His absence entails. But having brought them to Himself with a great ransom, that they might be His rightful holy temple yet again, He returns to them once more. He returns, and takes up His dwelling in them, by His Spirit. He grants them His gracious Presence again. And He returns and dwells in them in His glorious character as the Light: for God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. He seats Himself secretly, yet by resistless, sweet and sovereign power in the inmost heart; there He shines-"God hath shined in our hearts"-there He throws around Him the sweet illumination of His presence and glory." pg. 154 Hugh Martin

"[1] Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
[2] But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
[3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
[5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
[6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinth 4:1-6

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