Milton dictates to his daughters, by Eugène Delacroix
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Maybe you, too, need to hear the hope and patience found in Milton’s exquisite sonnet.
It’s for the times:
you feel small and insignificant…
you wonder if you’re enough…
you’re frantically seeking to find measurable success…
you’re facing discouragement at the death of a dream…
you need to be reminded to cease your striving and your working and your self-righteousness and your anxious desperation to please God through your work…
It was certainly a message I needed to heed, again, this week.
On His Blindness
by John Milton
Isn’t it truly beautiful? Milton – scholar, author, and poet – became completely blind in his early 40s. He went on to write his most well known and beloved masterpiece, Paradise Lost, while blind, dictating to family and friends.
Do you hear echoes of Exodus 14 in those final lines?
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
And the “mild yoke” brings to mind Christ’s promise in Matthew 11:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”