Moving poem, both a rebuke and an encouragement.
Sayings of the wise“So between the death of Christ and the Last Day it is only by a gracious anticipation of the last things that Christians are priviliged to live in visible fellowship with other Christians.
Not all Christians receive this blessing. The imprisoned, the sick, the scattered lonely, the proclaimers of the Gospel in heathen lands stand alone. They know that visible fellowship is a blessing.”
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together, , Chapter 1, p18
Shasta’s heart fainted at these words for he felt he had no strength left. And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.— C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, Chapter 10 “The Hermit of the Southern March”