I must come down to find you

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The pinnacle of the Temple is a very lonely place.
You will not be waiting for me there.
Your method,
   your prayer,
   your disclosure of God,
   take the lowliest path.
Your tabernacle among us is in the cave and the cottage.
I must come down like Zachaeus
if I would have you dwell with me,
   on the country road of Galilee,
   in the villages and on the shore,
   down among the cares,
      the sins,
      and sufferings of ordinary men –
there we shall find you.

Evelyn Underhill, 1875 – 1941, English author and mystic



And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”  But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,  “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

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