Oh the mystery of life & death

“Whatever may be the mysteries of life and death, there is one mystery which the cross of Christ reveals to us, and that is the infinite and absolute goodness of God. Let all the rest remain a mystery, so long as the mystery of the cross of Christ gives us faith for all the rest.” Charles Kingsley

(Few can describe the mystery of life, as well or as succinctly, as the inimitable British poet Christina Rossetti [1830-1894].)

Before the Beginning

By Christina Rossetti

Before the beginning Thou has foreknown the end,

Before the birthday the death-bed was seen of Thee;

Cleanse what I cannot cleanse; mend what I cannot mend.

O Lord all-merciful, be merciful to me.

While the end is drawing near, I know not mine end.

Birth I recall not; my death I cannot foresee.

O God, arise to defend; arise to befriend.

O Lord all-merciful, be merciful to me.