Future fulfillment

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There is no inborn longing
that shall not be fulfilled.
I think that is as certain as 
the forgiveness of sins.

–George MacDonald

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Spreading goodness

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If I can put one touch
of a rosy sunset into the life
of any man or woman,
I shall feel that I have
worked with God.

–George MacDonald

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Working with God

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To effect the blessedness
for which God made him,
man must become
a fellow-worker
with God.

–George MacDonald
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Nowhere else to go

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How often do we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven . . . to the best, the only, the central help, the causing cause of all the helps to which we had turned aside as nearer and better.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

God’s obstinate love

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Love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds . . . it spends itself to make more lovely, that it may love more . . .

Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all that comes between and is not of love’s kind, must be destroyed.

And our God is a consuming fire.

―George MacDonald
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God of the Beautiful

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One of my greatest difficulties in consenting to think of religion was that I thought I should have to give up my beautiful thoughts and my love for the things God has made. But I find that the happiness springing from all things not in themselves sinful is much increased by religion.

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God is the God of the Beautiful—Religion is the love of the Beautiful, and Heaven is the Home of the Beautiful—Nature is tenfold brighter in the Sun of Righteousness, and my love of Nature is more intense since I became a Christian—if indeed I am one. God has not given me such thoughts and forbidden me to enjoy them.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

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The Giver of gladness

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Every spring-fountain of gladness about us is his making and his delight. He tends us and cares for us; he is close to us, breathing into our nostrils the breath of life, and breathing into our spirit this thought and that thought to make us look up and recognize the love and the care around us. . . . To recognize and know this loving-kindness, and to stand up in it strong and glad; this is the ministration of God unto us.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

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Passing it on

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Each one of us is something that the other is not, and therefore knows something — it may be without knowing he knows it — which no one else knows, and it’s everyone’s business, as one of the kingdom of light and inheritor in it all, to give his portion to the rest.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

Shaking off the darkness

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With every morn my life afresh must break
The crust of self, gathered about me fresh;
That thy wind-spirit may rush in and shake
The darkness out of me, and rend the mesh
The spider-devils spin out of the flesh—
Eager to net the soul before it wake,
That it may slumberous lie,
and listen to the snake.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

Beauty was God’s idea

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One of my greatest difficulties in considering to think of religion… was that I thought I should have to give up my beautiful thoughts and my love for the things God had made. But I find that the happiness springing from all things not in themselves sinful is much increased by religion. God is the God of the beautiful, Religion the love of the Beautiful, and Heaven the House of the Beautiful—nature is tenfold brighter in the sun of righteousness, and my love of nature is more intense since I became a Christian.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

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His will means life

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God is not concerned about you doing his will because he wants to be obeyed. He is concerned about you—about making you blessed with his blessedness. He is not thinking about himself, but about you.

–George MacDonald
(paraphrased)

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Love seeks entry

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Nor will God force any door to enter in. He may send a tempest about the house; the wind of His admonishment may burst doors and windows, yea, shake the house to its foundations; but not then, not so, will He enter.

The door must be opened
by the willing hand,
ere the foot of Love
will cross the threshold.

He watches to see the door move from within. Every tempest is but the other side of His love; it is love outside, that would be inside — love that knows the house is no house, only a place, until it enter.

–George MacDonald

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Growing up into childhood

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There is a childhood into which we have to grow, just as there is a childhood which we must leave behind; a childlikeness which is the highest gain of humanity, and a childishness from which but few of those who are counted the wisest among men, have freed themselves in their imagined progress towards the reality of things.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

A larger life

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If we will but let
our God and Father
work His will with us,
there can be no limit to
His enlargement
of our existence.

–George MacDonald

Mysterious beauty

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I wondered over again for the hundreth time what could be the principle which, in the wildest, most lawless, fantastically chaotic, apparently capricious work of nature, always kept it beautiful. The beauty of holiness must be at the heart of it somehow, I though. Because our God is so free from stain, so loving, so unselfish, so good, so altogether what He wants us to be, so holy, therefore all His works declare Him in beauty…

His fingers can touch nothing
but to mould it into loveliness;
and even the play of His elements
is in grace and tenderness of form.

–George MacDonald

One day we shall laugh

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You will yet know the dignity of your high calling, and the love of God that passes knowledge. He is not afraid of your presump-tuous approach to him. It is you who are afraid to come near him. He is not watching over his dignity. It is you who fear to be sent away as the disciples would have sent away the little children. It is you who think so much about your souls and are so afraid of losing your life, that you dare not draw near to the Life of life, lest it should consume you.

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Our God, we will trust you. Shall we not find you equal to our faith? One day, we shall laugh ourselves to scorn that we looked for so little from you; for your giving will not be limited by our hoping.

–George MacDonald
The Higher Faith

Faith is a fight

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Every day we have to fight
the God-denying look of things.

–George MacDonald
(1824 – 1905)

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At the Center of Everything

“I and the Father are One”
is the center-truth of the universe.
And the encircling truth is,
“That they also may be one in us.”

–George MacDonald

The deepest truth about God

Now what is the deepest in God? His power? No, for power could not make Him what we mean when we say God. Evil could, of course, never create one atom; but let us understand very plainly, that a being whose essence was only power would be such a negation of the divine that no righteous worship could be offered Him. His service must be fear, and fear only. Such a being, even were He righteous in judgment, yet could not be God.

The God Himself whom we love could not be righteous were He not something deeper and better still than we generally mean by the word — but, alas, how little can language say without seeming to say something wrong! In one word, God is Love. Love is the deepest depth, the essence of His nature, at the root of all His being.

–George MacDonald

Driven to God by misery

If you are not willing that God should have his way with you, then, in the name of God, be miserable–until your misery drive you to the arms of the Father.

–George MacDonald

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Looking for a king

They were all looking for a king
To slay their foes, and lift them high;
Thou cam’st, a little baby thing
That made a woman cry.

–George Macdonald

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Something to share

Every one of us is something the other is not, and therefore knows something — it may be without knowing that he knows it — which no one else knows. It is everyone’s business as one of the kingdom of light and inheritor in it all, to give his portion to the rest.

–George MacDonald

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God unveiled

God hides nothing.
His very work from the beginning
is revelation—a casting aside of veil after veil,
a showing unto men of truth after truth.
On and on from fact Divine He advances,
until at length in His Son Jesus
He unveils His very face.

–George MacDonald

The Original Blessing

The one eternal, original,
infinite blessing of the human soul
is when in stillness the Father
comes and says,
“My child, I am here.”

–George MacDonald
(1824–1905) 

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