He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Micah 6:8

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No matter how we might yearn to perform heroic feats on behalf of our faith, the reality is that we often are called to small steps in daily action.

Even Mary had nine months after Gabriel appeared to her, and then there were all the days of Jesus’ childhood to nurture.

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For this is he, that acquits his People of all Sin, old as well as new, taking away and cleansing them from the Sins of their first and fallen Natures, as well as pardoning, upon Repentance, those Sins which some have at unawares, or through Weakness, fallen into, after they have received the Knowledge of the Truth: For he who is called the Light of the World, the same is called the Lamb of God, that taketh away the Sins of the World. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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