November 5, 2013 | 09:30 am

Expressing Your Innermost Thoughts

I have a small (3) collection of old devotional books. One hundred years ago, people were reflecting upon scripture and thinking big thoughts about a big God, just like we are today. But one hundred years ago, people liked to use the most fancy language that they could muster. I find this highly entertaining and enlightening. Instead of saying, “Be loving to everyone”, my copy of Daily Strength for Daily Needs (1928) quotes William Law:

Let every creature have your love. Love, with its fruits of meekness, patience, and humility, is all that we can wish for to ourselves, and our fellow-creatures; for this is to live in God, united to God, both for time and eternity. To desire to communicate good to every creature, in the degree we can, and it is capable of receiving from us, is a divine temper; for thus God stands unchangeably disposed towards the whole creation.”

However you express your innermost thoughts, whether in poetry or frankness, may we all love each other more deeply today.