[Acts 2] Notice how Peter’s sermon effectively moves from the signs that the crowd has witnessed, back to Jesus, who is Himself the center of it all. The marvels of that Pentecost gathering are seen merely as pointers to the One who is the center.
—Edith Humphrey, Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven, 52
Unless the Holy Spirit is at work secretly within us, we will never recognize the Son. (The Spirit leads to the Son, who leads to the Father.)
—Edith Humphrey, “The Gift of the Father: Looking at Salvation History Upside Down,” in Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship, 100
God lovingly receives our affection, our worship, our gifts, our conversation. Be this as it may, the line is to be traced, for the most part, from Him to us: He gives and we receive. All that we offer to Him, our lives and hearts, come from Him in the first place.
—Edith M. Humphrey, “The Gift of the Father,” in Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship, 94
We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.
—William Walsham How (1858) (hymn)