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A quote from the beginning of The Confession of St. Patrick:

“Whence I, once rustic, exiled, unlearned, who does not know how to provide for the future, this at least I know most certainly that before I was humiliated I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came and in His mercy lifted me up, and raised me aloft, and placed me on the top of the wall. And therefore I ought to cry out aloud and so also render something to the Lord for His great benefits here and in eternity—benefits which the mind of men is unable to appraise.”

Intro: The quote below is from the novel The Hammer of God by Bp. Bo Giertz. It is about three different time periods of the life of a congregation in Sweden. The following scene is upon the arrival of the new young curate, (a second pastor in a parish), Pastor Fridfeldt with his new rector (lead pastor) who is old and rheumatic.  Pr. Fridfeldt is a “believer” who has been “awakened” during a revival. Please note it’s similarity to the quote above by St. Patrick!

Pr. Fridfeldt:But Sir, if you do not give your heart to Jesus, you cannot be saved.”

Senior Rector: “You are right, my boy. And it is just as true that, if you think you are saved because you give Jesus your heart, you will not be saved. You see, my boy,” he continued reassuringly, as he continued to look at the young pastor’s face, in which uncertainty and resentment were shown in a struggle for the upper hand, “It is one thing to choose Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior, to give him one’s heart and commit oneself to him, and that he now accepts one into his little flock; it is a very different thing to believe in him as a Redeemer of sinners, of whom one is chief. One does not choose a Redeemer for oneself, you understand, nor give one’s heart to him. The heart is a rusty old can on a junk heap. A fine birthday gift, indeed! But a wonderful Lord passes by, and has mercy on the wretched tin can, sticks his walking cane through it, and rescues it from the junk pile and takes it home with him. That is how it is’”

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