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Monday, October 24, 2011
"There is a general stock of evil in the world to which we all contribute, or which, by God's grace, some may diminish; a vast and fertile tract of ungodliness, of low motives, of low aims, of low desires, of low sense of duty or no sense at all. It is the creation of ages, that tradition; but each age does something for it, and each individual in each age does, if he does not advisedly refuse to do, his share in augmenting it, just as the chimney of every small house does something to thicken and darken the air of London.......
What fuel are you burning in your daily life the most?
......And this general fund or stock of evil touches us all like the common atmosphere which we breathe. And thus it is that when you or I, even in lesser matters, do or say what our conscience condemns, we do really make a contribution to that general fund of wickedness which, in other circumstances and social conditions than ours, produces flagrant crime. Especially if it should happen that we defend what we do, or make light of it, or make a joke of the misdeeds of others, we do most actively and seriously augment this common fund or tradition of wickedness."
-Henry Parry Liddon (1829-1890)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
"Love is life, & loveless-ness is death. As the Grace of God changes a man's heart; and cleanses and sanctifies him, this is the great evidence of the change.
This is the great difference which it makes; that he begins to grow in love, to lay aside self-seeking, and to live for others- and so he may know that he has passed from death unto life.
He may know it even here and now- why yes! that great discovery of love... that learning to live for others and finding the grace and gentleness that God is keeping up all over the world; even now it is the way from death to life.
Even now it changes homes, it lightens every burden, it brings peace and gladness into the hardest days; it alters even the tone of a man's voice and the very look of his face.
But all this, blessed and surpassing as it is, far above all else in the world, still is but the beginining. for that life into which we pass, as God's dear grace of love comes in us and about us, is the very life of heaven."
-Francis Paget (born 1851)