The Elixir

RICHARD LEE
MC ’14
Executive Director, Logos

Have you ever wondered what is “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus?” As a reflection on Colossians 3:17, here is a poem by  George Herbert:

Teach me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything
To do it as for Thee.

Not rudely, as a beast,
To run into an action;
But still to make Thee prepossest,
And give it his perfection.

A man that looks on glass,
On it may stay his eye;
Or it he pleaseth, through it pass,
And then the heav’n espy.

All may of Thee partake:
Nothing can be so mean,
Which with his tincture—”for Thy sake”—
Will not grow bright and clean.

A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine:
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws,
Makes that and th’ action fine.

This is the famous stone
That turneth all to gold;
For that which God doth touch and own
Cannot for less be told.

Golden Fire by Makoto Fujimura

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One thought on “The Elixir

  1. April Koh says:

    I love the thought of turning everything into gold, even the fire (I’m referring to the painting at the end). Thanks Richard!

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