One Blazing Fire

Today's reading in my devotional book drawn from Samuel Logan Brengle's writings, Take Time to Be Holy, is one of my favorites. It is titled, "One Blazing Fire":
One of the blessed things about a holy life is its supernatural, constant, and often unconscious influence for good. A holy person does not have to resolve and struggle to be a blessing. Without conscious effort, his or her life and talk and looks inspire the fainthearted, encourage the timid, instruct the ignorant, feed the hungry, and rebuke the proud, selfish, and wayward. A holy person blesses others in all sorts of ways, and is often surprised to learn of it.

Luke says of Jesus that “All the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all” (Luke 6:19). Just so, virtue goes out from holy people, as perfume floats from a rose, or warmth from fire.

After the overthrow of Sisera, Deborah and Barak sang a song of triumph and thanksgiving, and closed it with these words: “Let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might” (Judges 5:31, NASB). Think of it! How mighty the sun is! How it floods the world with light! How it warms the whole earth and quickens and gladdens every living thing! None can stop the sun in its course, and such is God’s plan for holy men and women.
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