Saturday, December 18, 2010


Welcome to "Quaint Words!”

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

"And remember...the King whom you are seeking is not to be found in a palace, nor among the rich and powerful...the light for which the world is waiting is a new light, the glory that shall rise out of patient and triumphant suffering. And the kingdom which is to be established forever is a new kingdom, the royalty of perfect and unconquerable love.

I do not know how this shall come to pass, nor how the turbulent kings and peoples of earth shall be brought to acknowledge the Messiah and pay homage to Him. But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed."

(From "The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry van Dyke, c. 1899

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  1. "But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed."

    Love that part.

    I am so fond of Henry Van Dyke. He wrote a passage called "Gone From My Sight" that I want read at my funeral. It's beautiful.

    I read it to my SS class one time, and Denise sad there blubbering. I had to remind her that I wasn't dead yet. Sisters... what are ya going to do with them?

  2. Yes, dear Jesus was often among the poor
    and lowly, not the rich and powerful.
    He came to love and serve and pour
    out His life for all. I enjoyed this
    reminder today.

  3. Hi Sharon,

    I loved this passage you shared from Van Dyke. It speaks of a new kingdom established by The King whom we seek. There is a rhythm and poetry in these words. I get the sense that Van Dyke is pointing the way for those in search of Christ.

    It's interesting that with all the time that has passed since His birth, people are still searching for the Christ. Shepherds, wise men, you and me, we all seek Him.

    Blessings and peace.


  4. Hi Sharon..I like this...I think it's true too. I wish it wasn't though...I wish everyone just knew Him and the power of His gentleness...for no reason...just because. Thanks for this...Hope your weekend is the best.

  5. Debbie - WOW! I just read "Gone From My Sight" - that is beautiful! I'm OK if you have that read at your funeral - could you just do me a favor and make it a REALLY long time from now?! I'm with Denise - blubbering. I have a younger sister - what are ya going to do with them? Hug 'em to death!

    Lisa - I'm glad you liked this! I enjoy these "old-timey" thoughts so much, I've made this a weekly post. It truly blesses my heart to hear the words of believers that have come before me. I can hardly wait to meet them someday!!

    Sandy - I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was moved by the image of the Son of God, moving humbly among the marginalized and despised of this world. Can we even begin to comprehend His kindness?

    MTJ - We all seek Him - all these many years later - and the wonder-FULL thing is, He can be found! There is an irresistible longing in the heart of every person on earth - past and present - that can only be filled with Jesus. I hope that all of us can be like van Dyke - pointing the way to Christ.

    Sarah - I know what you mean. I wish everyone knew the power of His gentleness (I loved how you put that). I have someone very close to me who doesn't believe. It gives me great pain to see this person's blindness - when Jesus is so full of love and mercy. I continue to pray with hope that this person will one day come to the feet of this Gracious Savior. (My weekend is good - except we've have rain now for 3 days straight! Would like to dry out a bit...)

    This whole little book is really precious. It speaks of a 4th wise man who tries to get to the birth of the King. Along the way, he uses all of the gifts he had planned to give to the King, to help others. Many years pass. When he finally arrives in Jerusalem, he's just in time for the death of Christ. And yet, in this moment, he realizes that though he might have missed the birth of the King, he had discovered Him in his giving.

    These quaint words really came home to me yesterday when I was at my weekly ministry at an assisted living facility for the elderly. I felt Jesus there with me, ministering to the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed.

    He is Love.


  6. I love the quote you shared. I think of how the King of Kings could have chosen to be born in the finest palace, but instead he was born in a lowly stable. I think it goes with the fact that He came to serve and not to be served.


  7. Gone From Your Site we read at my mom's funeral. Awesome.

    Just wanted to say hello. sandie

  8. Your post and the comments were wonderful to read on this cold and snowy night! Thank you!

  9. Joan - Yes, Jesus defines the word humility for me. Especially because He had every RIGHT to claim the privileges and power of being God - and yet He willingly set that aside for the greater purpose of saving us.

    Sandie - I had never heard that van Dyke piece. It was so beautiful. I'm sure it was a blessing at your mom's funeral, and I can only imagine her greeting on the other shore!! (Hello to you, too :)

    Anita - YAY! It's gloomy here in California tonight, too. Whoever said it never rains in Southern California? It doesn't much - and we all "wig out" when it happens. We're such winter "amateurs!"


  10. Sometimes it's hard to even find the words to express what Jesus did for us, and how much He means to us. So I'll just say...I hope you have the most blessed CHRISTmas ever!

  11. Debby - I agree. Jesus truly is indescribable! Oh, how glad I am for His love and salvation!

    A very blessed CHRISTmas to you and yours, too!



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