In the beginning,
the heavens and the earth.
And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns,
they put it on Him. And they began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Mark 15: 17-18
Proverbs 30: 7-9
Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):
Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.
Make the Word of God your compass,
and obedience the rudder that steers your little bark
in all the ways God’s commandments point you;
and make faith the mighty cable,
and you will be towed safely past the dangerous rocks
and reefs and threatening billows
into the peaceful haven of eternal rest.
from Food For Lambs, by James Orr 1844-1913