Posts Tagged with ‘George MacDonald’
13 May 2013
REMEMBER, Lord, thou hast not made me good. Or if thou didst, it was so long ago I have forgotten--and never understood, I humbly think. At best it was a crude, A rough-hewn goodness, that did need this woe, This sin, these harms of all kinds fierce and rude, To shape it out, making it live and grow.
29 Apr 2013
It is imperative on us to get rid of the tyranny of things. See how imperative: let [a man] cling with every fiber to his wealth, what God can do He will do; His child shall not be left in the hell of possession! Does death serve him--ransom him? Not so!--for then first, I presume, does the man of things become aware of their tyranny. When a man begins to abstain, then first he recognizes the strength of his passion; it may be, when a man has not a thing left, he will begin to know what a necessity he had made of things; and if then he begin to contend with them, to cast out of his soul what Death has torn from his hands, then first will he know the full passion of possession, the slavery of prizing the worthless part of the precious. Wherein then lies the service of Death?
22 Apr 2013
The hardest, gladdest thing in the world is to cry Father! from a full heart. I would help whom I may to call thus upon the Father. There are things in all forms of the systematic teaching of Christianity to check this outgoing of the heart—with some to render it simply impossible. Such a cold wind blowing at the very gate of heaven—thank God, outside the gate!—is the so-called doctrine of Adoption. When a heart hears—and believes, or half-believes—that it is not the child of God by origin, from the first of its being, but may possibly be adopted into His family, it's love sinks at once in a cold faint: where is its own father, and who is this that would adopt it?
25 Feb 2013
If we are bound to search after what our Lord means—and He speaks that we may understand—we are at least equally bound to refuse any interpretation which seems to us unlike Him, unworthy of Him.
31 Jul 2012
As many of you know, I am an ardent fan of George MacDonald, a man whose writings had great influence…
15 Jun 2012
As some of you know, George MacDonald’s writings are among my favorite. His poem, Diary of an Old Soul, contains…