Saint Days: William Law, Priest and Teacher
William Law (1686-1761) was a priest in the Church of England and a teacher of the faith. In 1711, he was elected a fellow at Emmanuel College and ordained as a priest. His conscience did not let him pledge allegiance to George I on account of his loyalty to the House of Stuart. Therefore, he was deposed from his position at the college.
After leaving Emmanuel College, he became a curate (which is kind of like an associate pastor position) in London. He was sought after for counsel by many influential people who desired advice, including John and Charles Wesley, William Wilberforce, John Byron, George Cheyne, and Archibald Hutcheson.
"If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, i twill in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead."
Let us remember William Law today in our prayers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant William Law special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.