"I believe that God is absolutely, grandly beautiful, even as the highest soul of man counts beauty, but infinitely beyond that soul’s highest idea--with the beauty that creates beauty, not merely shows it, or itself exists beautiful." – George MacDonald
Creation seems to be delegation through and through. He will do nothing simply by Himself which can be done by creatures. I suppose this is because He is a giver. And He has nothing to give but Himself. And to give Himself is to do His deeds - in a sense, and on varying levels … Continue reading The Giver
“Those who love certain animals selfishly, pampering them, as so many mothers do their children with worse results, that they may be loved of them in return, betray them to their enemies. They are not lovers of animals, but only of favourites, and do their part to make the rest of the world dislike animals. … Continue reading True Education is Truest Kindness
Now Carlyle had humour; he had it in his very style, but it never got into his philosophy. His philosophy largely remained a heavy Teutonic idealism, absurdly unaware of the complexity of things; as when he perpetually repeated (as with a kind of flat-footed stamping) that people ought to tell the truth; apparently supposing, to … Continue reading Lol, Chesterton.
THE WIND is up above the world before a twig on the tree has moved. So there must always be a battle in the sky before there is a battle on the earth. Since it is lawful to pray for the coming of the kingdom, it is lawful also to pray for the coming of … Continue reading The Other Side
There breathes not a breath from the morning air, But the Spirit of Love is moving there, Not a trembling leaf on the shadowy tree Mingled with thousands in harmony; But the Spirit of God doth make the sound. And the thoughts of the insect that creepeth around And the sunshiny butterflies come and go. … Continue reading The Spirit of Love
“His parents found him in the temple; they never really found him until he entered the true temple—their own adoring hearts. The temple that knows not its builder, is no temple; in it dwells no divinity. But at length he comes to his own, and his own receive him;—comes to them in the might of … Continue reading Good Tidings
"The cry of the human heart in all ages and in every moment is, 'Where is God and how shall I find him?' — No, friend, I will not accept your testimony to the contrary — not though you may be as well fitted as ever one of eight hundred millions to come forward with … Continue reading How Shall I Find Him?
God is the only comfort. He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to … Continue reading The Only Comfort
“Christ is the pledge that I shall one day see; That one day, still with him, I shall awake, And know my God, at one with him and free. O lordly essence, come to life in me; The will-throb let me feel that doth me make; Now have I many a mighty hope in thee, … Continue reading A Mighty Hope