Hello Connect family,
I thought I would share a 5 part devotional for our mutual edification. This particular devotional is from the writing of Kierkegaard, published in 1852. I’ll post 5 consecutive days under this topic.
I will also provide a link away from this topic to allow for discussion on any particular day to keep this thread clean with simply the devotional text:
Come hither to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, I will give you rest
‘Come hither!’ - There is nothing wonderful in the fact that when one is in danger and in need of help, perhaps of speedy, instant help, he shouts, ‘Come hither!’ Neither is it wonderful that a quack shouts, ‘Come hither! I heal all diseases.’ Ah, in the instance of the quack there is only too much truth in the falsehood that the physician has need of the sick man. ‘Come hither, all ye that can pay for healing at an exorbitant price - or at least for physic. Here is medicine for everybody… who can pay. Come hither, come hither!’
But commonly it is understood that one who is able to help must be sought out; and when one has found him, it may be difficult to gain access to him, one must perhaps implore him for a long time; and when one has implored him for a long time, he may perhaps at last be moved. That is, he sets a high value upon himself. And when sometimes he declines to receive any pay, or magnanimously relinquishes claim to it, this merely expresses the value he attaches to himself.
He, on the other hand, who made the great self-surrender here surrenders himself anew. He Himself it is that seeks them that stand in need of help; it is He Himself that goes about and, calling them, almost beseeching them, says, ‘Come hither!’ He, the only one who is able to help, and to help with the one thing needful, to save from the sickness which in the truest sense is mortal, does not wait for people to come to Him, but He comes of His own accord, uncalled for - for He indeed it is that calls them, that offers help - and what help!
That simple wise man (Socrates), too, of ancient times was just as infinitely right as the majority who do the opposite are wrong (Socrates took no fees for the benefit of his instruction), in that he did not set a high value upon himself or his instruction thought it is true that, in another sense, he thereby gave expression with a noble pride to the incommensurability of the pay. But he was not so deeply concerned through love to men that he begged anyone to come to him. And he behaved as he did - shall I say, in spite of the fact? or because? - he was not altogether certain what his help really amounted to. For the more certain one is that his help is the only help, just so much more reason he has, humanly speaking, to make it dear; and the less certain he is, so much the more reason he has to offer with great alacrity such help as he disposes of, for the sake of accomplishing something at least. But He who calls Himself the Saviour, and knows Himself to be such, says with deep concern, ‘Come hither’.
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