“Between this sunken pride and the towering humilities of heaven there are, one must suppose, spirits of shapes and sizes. Man, in encountering them, must make much the same mistakes that he makes in encountering any other varied types in any other distant continent. It must be hard at first to know who is supreme and who is subordinate. If a shade arose from the under world, and stared at Piccadilly, that shade would not quite understand the idea of an ordinary closed carriage. He would suppose that the coachman on the box was a triumphant conqueror, dragging behind him a kicking and imprisoned captive. So, if we see spiritual facts for the first time, we may mistake who is uppermost. It is not enough to find the gods; they are obvious; we must find God, the real chief of the gods.”
GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy
“The Christian life is a constant fighting. ‘What! are we to have no peace?’ No; none till there is no sin left in you, till you are pure as Jesus Christ Himself. You are always crying out for peace, and you are as the workman that will go to sleep half the day and complain that he has not wages enough to live upon. What! You are getting to heaven cheap? You call it ‘getting into heaven.’ You think Jesus Christ came to save you from any suffering and to do you good. He came to save you from your sins, and until you are saved from them, He will step between you and no suffering. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous, therefore, and repent.”
George MacDonald, To the Church of the Laodiceans
What is to come we know not. But we know
That what has been was good – was good to show,
Better to hide and best of all to bear,
We are the masters of the days that were;
We have lived, we have loved, we have suffered… Even so.
Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow?
Life was our friend? Now, if it be our foe–
Dear, though it spoil and break us! – Need we care what is to come?
Let the great winds their worst and wildest blow,
Or the cold weather round us mellow slow;
We have fulfilled ourselves, and we can dare
And we can conquer, though we may not share
In the rich quiet of the afterglow
What is to come.
William Earnest Henley
“No amount of wrong-doing in a child can ever free a parent from the necessity of doing all he can to help and save his child; the bond between them cannot be broken. – It is the vulgar, slavish, worldly idea of freedom, that it (freedom) consists in being bound to nothing.”
– George MacDonald