Wednesday Kipple

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I’ve been quoting a fair amount of St Paul lately, with more to come and it seems that this poem is appropriate.

At His Execution

“The Manner of Men”
St. Paul

I am made all things to all men–
Hebrew, Roman, and Greek–
In each one’s tongue I speal,
Suiting to each my word,
That some may be drawn to the Lord!

I am made all things to all men–
In City or Wilderness
Praising the crafts they profess
That some may be drawn to the Lord–
By any means to my Lord!

Since I was overcome
By that great Light and Word,
I have forgot or forgone
The self men call their own
(Being made all things to all men)
So that I might save some
At such small price, to the Lord,
As being all things to all men.

I was made all things to all men,
But now my course is done–
And now is my reward…
Ah, Christ, when I stand at Thy Throne
With those I have drawn to the Lord,
Restore me my self again!

Rudyard Kipling from “Limits and Renewals”, 1932