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George MacDonald on Past Memories and the Decay that is Life

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I happened upon this quote I had jotted down some time before. I’ve found it rather encouraging and useful in combating my cynical persuasions which has been a rather tiring struggle recently.

The revisiting of old scenes is like walking into a mausoleum. Everything is a monument of something dead and gone. For we die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well!

— From “Wilfrid Cumbermede” by George Macdonald
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Written by KarlH

May 29, 2011 at 4:38 am

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“Love Is Home” by George MacDonald

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Love is the part, and love is the whole;
Love is the robe, and love is the pall;
Ruler of heart and brain and soul,
Love is the lord and the slave of all!
I thank thee, Love, that thou lov’st me;
I thank thee more that I love thee.

Love is the rain, and love is the air,
Love is the earth that holdeth fast;
Love is the root that is buried there,
Love is the open flower at last!
I thank thee, Love all round about,
That the eyes of my love are looking out.

Love is the sun, and love is the sea;
Love is the tide that comes and goes;
Flowing and flowing it comes to me;
Ebbing and ebbing to thee it flows!
Oh my sun, and my wind, and tide!
My sea, and my shore, and all beside!

Light, oh light that art by showing;
Wind, oh wind that liv’st by motion;
Thought, oh thought that art by knowing;
Will, that art born in self-devotion!
Love is you, though not all of you know it;
Ye are not love, yet ye always show it!

Faithful creator, heart-longed-for father,
Home of our heart-infolded brother,
Home to thee all thy glories gather-
All are thy love, and there is no other!
O Love-at-rest, we loves that roam-
Home unto thee, we are coming home!

Written by KarlH

March 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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George MacDonald’s Biography

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The 1906 copy of Joseph Johnson’s biography of George MacDonald is available on Google Books for free. In addition to chronicling the life of a man I would not hesitate to call one of the kindest and noblest men of our human history, it also provides interesting background to the theological controversies of his day and life in Scotland.

Here’s one of my favorite extracts about his father. It reveals something of the moral character and gentle humor George MacDonald inherited:

George MacDonald’s father was an upright and influential man, whose advice was often sought. He was also a deacon of the Huntly Congregational Church during the ministry of the Rev. John Hill.

When he was a young man he was obliged to undergo an operation for the removal of one of his legs. In later years he was a corn merchant and miller; and during the time of the failure of the potato crop some of the Huntly people believed that he and his brother were storing up corn and meal in order to get higher prices. The feeling of resentment was so great that some of the rougher element of the town made an effigy of Mr. MacDonald, and carried the figure, followed by a considerable crowd, intending to burn it in front of the MacDonalds’ house. When the mob arrived, some one being ill in the house, Mr. MacDonald went out to ask the noisy throng to move on. As he approached there was a momentary stillness, and seeing, to his surprise, the effigy, Mr. MacDonald guessed the meaning of the disturbance, and quietly looking at the figure, he said, “It’s not at all bad, lads, only it’s a pity you made the wrong leg the wooden one.” A burst of laughter followed this remark, and the crowd went off in good humour, and the figure was thrown over a wall.

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February 11, 2011 at 3:40 am

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