a sword to slay the dragons

Saint George on Horseback by Circle of Lucas Cranach the Elder [1512], via Wikimedia Commons

Most strong God, who is able to fight against you?
I want you to help me fight against the flaming dragon of sin within me,
   that eats away my very soul.
I want to have the strongest sword in my hand,
   fashioned by you, with the sharpest blade
   that will cut through the dragon’s scales.
And when I have slayed the dragon within myself,
   I want to offer a safe refuge for all who,
   like me, are frail and vulnerable.
I will give them a sword to slay their own dragons,
   so that together we may live in joy and peace.

St. Hildegard of Bingen, 1098 – 1179, German Benedictine abbess and composer


Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
   it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
   joints and marrow;
   it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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