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"BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS" 



GEORGE MAC DONALD 



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TO THE MANY, WHOSE LIVES 

HAVE BEEN MADE PUKER AND NOBLER, 

BY THE HELPFUL THOUGHTS 

SENT 0\^R THE SEA, 

BY 

GEORGE MAC DONALD. 



JAUNARY. 



January 1st. 

Does God care to paint the sky of 
an evening, that a few of His chil- 
dren might see it, and get just a 
liope, just an aspiration, out of its 
passing green and gold, and purple 
and red? 

And should I think my day's labor 
lost, if it work no visible salvation in 
the earth? 

January 2d. 

He who is faithful over a few 
things is a lord over cities. It does 
not matter whether you preach in 
Westminster Abbey, or teach a rag- 
ged class, so you be faithful. 

The faithfulness is all. 



8 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

January 3d. 

It is better to be trusted than to 
be loved. 

January Jftli. 

'Tis easy to destro3% 
God, only, makes. 

January dth. 
The deepest, purest love of a 
woman has its well-spring in Him. 
Our longing desires can no more ex- 
haust the fullness of the treasures 
of the Godhead, than our imagination 
can touch their measure. 

January 6th. 

Love wliich will yield to prayer is 
imperfect and poor. Nor is it then 
the love tliat yields, but its alloy. 



FROM GEOnCrE MAC DONALD. 9 

January 7th, 
All truth is lovely. 

January 8th. 

Let us think and care ever so little 
about God, we do not therefore exist 
without Him. 

January 9th. 

God has an especial tenderness of 
love towards thee, for that thou art 
in the dark and hast no light. 

January 10 th. 

I think, my dear, death has two sides 

to it,— 
One sunny and one dark : as this 

round earth 
Is every day half sunny, and half 

dark. 



10 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

We, on the dark side, call the mys- 
tery death. 

They, on the other side, looking 
down in light, 

Wait the glad birth, with other tears 
than ours. 

January 11th. 

Fold the arms of thy faith, and 
wait in quietness, until light goes up, 
in thy darkness. Fold the arms of 
thy faith, I say, but not of tliy ac- 
tion: bethink thee of something tliat 
thou oughtest to do, and go and do 
it, if it be but the sweeping of a 
room. 

Heed not thy feelings, but do thy 
work. 

January 12th. 
God can fill the emptiest heart. 



FROM GEORGE MA C DONA LD. 1 1 

January 13th. 

Christianity does not mean Avhat 
you think or what I think, concerning 
Christ, but, what is of Christ in us. 

Januarij IJfth. 

Become thou pure in heart, and 
thou shalt see God, whose vision 
alone is life. 

January loth. 

None but God can read in a 
woman what she really is. 

January 16th. 

What we call evil is tlie only and 
best shape, which for the person, and 
his condition at the time, could be 
assumed by the best good. 



12 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

January 17 th^ 

If you would only ask what God 
would have you to do, you would 
soon find your confidence growing. 



January 18th. 

Strive to be what God would have 
you be, nor hold anything else, worth 
thy care. 

January 19th. 

God be with thee. He is with 
thee, only my prayer is that thou 
may'st know it. 

January 20th. 

It is the human we love in each 
other, — and the liuman is Christ. 



rnOM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 13 

January 21st. 

Come to me, shine in me, Master, 
And I care not for river or tree: 

Care not for sorrow or crying, 
If only Thou shine in me. 



January 22d. 

The strength of a woman is as 
needful to her Avomanhood as the 
strength of the man to his manhood, 
and a woman is just as strong as she 
will be. 



January 23d. 

No arguing will convince you of a 
God; but let Him once come in, and 
all argument Avill be tenfold useless 
to convince you that there is no 
God. 



14 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

January/ 2^th. 

How is tlie work of the world to 
be done, if we take no thought? 
We are nowhere told not to take 
tliought. We mmt take thought. 
What then are we to take thought 
about? Why, about our work. 
What are we not to take thought 
about? Why, about our life- The 
one is our business : the other is 
God's. 

January 25th, 

God is in no haste : and if I do 
what I may, in earnest, I need not 
mourn if I work no great work on 
the earth. 



FROM GEORGE MACBONALB. 15 

January 26th. 

Lord, I have laid my heart upon Thy 
altar, 

But cannot get the wood to burn : 
It hardly flares, ere it begins to falter. 

And to the dark returns. 



'Tis all I have, — smoke, failure, foiled 
endeavor, 
Coldness and doubt and palsied 
lack : 
Such as I have I send Thee, perfect 
Giver, 
Send Thou, Thy lightning back. 

January 27th. 

To trust God changes tlie atmos- 
phere surrounding mystery, and seem- 
ing contradiction, from one of pain 
and fear, to one of hope. 



10 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

January 28th, 

If a man desire God, he cannot help 
knowing enough of Him, to be ca- 
pable of learning more. 

January 29tli. 
To knoAV God is life. 

January oOtli. 

God does all that can be done, for 
even the Avorst of men, to help them 
to believe in Christ. 

January 31st, 

Hurt as it may, love on, love forever: 
Love for love's sake, like the Father 
above. 
But for whose brave-hearted Son, we 
had never 
Known the sweet hurt of the sor- 
rowful love. 



FEBRUARY. 



February 1st. 
Come to us : above the storm 

Ever shines the blue ! 
Come to us : be3'ond its form 

Ever lies the true. 

February 2d. 
Afflictions are but the shadows of 
God's wings. 

February 3d. 

Do not talk about the lantern that 
holds the lamp : but make haste to 
uncover the light, and let it shine. 

February Iftli. 

I find that the doing of the will of 
God leaves me no time to be disput- 
ing about His plans. 



20 BEAUTIFUL THOU GUTS 

February 5tli. 

We can never be at peace, till we 
have performed the highest duty of 
all, — till we have risen and gone to 
our Father. 

February 6tli. 

God sees thee, through all the 
gloom, through which thou canst not 
see Him. 

February 7tli. 

It has been well said that no man 
ever sank under the burden of the 
day. 

It is when to-morrow^s burden is 
added to to-day's, that the weight is 
more than a man can bear. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 21 

February Sth. 

Not Avliat I think, but what Thou 
art makes sure. 

February 9th. 

A man's labors must pass like the 
sunrises and sunsets of the world. 
The next thing, not the last must be 
his care. 

February lOtli. 

All the doors that lead inward to 
the secret place of the most High, are 
doors outward — out of self — out of 
smallness — out of wrong. 

February 11th. 

The lightning and thunder 
They go and they come : 

But the stars and the stillness 
Are always at home. 



22 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

February 12th. 

What is my next duty ? No one 
can answer that question but yourself. 
Is there nothing you know you neg- 
lect? "Ah, then," responded she, "I 
suppose it is something very common- 
place, which Avill make life more 
dreary than ever. That cannot help 
me." " It will : if it be as drear}- as 
reading the newspaper to an old deaf 
Aunt. It Avill soon lead 3^ou to some- 
thing more. Your duty will begin 
to comfort you at once, but it Avill 
at lengtli open the unknown fount- 
ains of life in your heart." 

February loth. 

The performance of small duties, 
yes, even of tlie smallest, will do more 
to give temporary repose, will act 
more as healthful anodynes than the 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 23 

greatest joys that can come to us 
from any other quarter. 



February l^th. 

Work on. One day beyond all 
thought of praise, 

A sunny joy will crown thee with 
its rays : 

No other than thy need, thy recom- 
pense. 

February loth. 

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. 



24 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

Fehruary IGtli. 

Hark, hark, a voice amid the quiet 

intense ! 
It is thy duty waiting thee without. 



Fehruary 17 th. 

To do as God does is to receive 
God: to do a service to one of His 
children is to receive the Father. 



Fehruary 18th. 

The man that feareth^ Lord, to doubt, 
In that fear, doubteth Thee. 



Fehruary 19th. 

Life and religion are one, or neither 
is anything. 



FIi02I GEORGE MAC DONALD. 25 

Fehritarij 20th. 

Whosoever gives a cup of coltl 
water to a little one, refreshes the 
heart of the Father. 



Fehruary 21st. 

It is because God is perfect that 
we are required to be perfect. 

February 22 d. 

Nothing is required of man that is 
not first in God. 

February 2Sd. 

I think that nothing made is lost, 
That not a moon has ever shone. 

That not a cloud my eyes hath 
crossed 
But to my soul is gone ; 



26 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

That all the lost years, garnered, lie 
In this, Thy casket, my dim soul: 

And Thou wilt, once, the key apply, 
And show the shining Avhole. 

February 24th. 

To understand tlie words of our 
Lord is the husiness of life. 

February 25tli. 

What' is the kingdom of Christ ? A 
rule of love, of truth, — a rule of ser- 
vice. The King is the chief servant 
in it. 

February 26th. 

As soon as ever a service is done 
for the honor, and not for the service- 
sake, the doer is that moment outside 
of the kingdom. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 27 

February 27tli. 
Lord, Thou hast much to make me 

yet,— 

A feeble infant still : 
Thy thoughts, Lord, in my bosom set. 
Fulfill me of Thy will. 

Fehruary 28th. 
Not every storm that climbeth 
heavenward, overwhelms the earth. 



MARCH. 



March 1st. 

Of noise alone is borne tlie inward 

sense 
Of silence : and from action springs 

alone 
The inward knowledge of true love 

and faith. 

March 2d. 

The rejoicing, in heaven, is greatest 
over the sheep that has wandered the 
farthest — perhaps was born on the 
wild hillside, and not in the fold at 
all. 



March 3d. 

Jesus gives Himself to us. — Shall 
we not give ourselves to Him? Shall 



3-2 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

we not give ourselves to eacli other, 
Avliom He loves. 

MarcJi 4th. 

We clo not draw back, for that we 
we are unworthy, nor even for that 
we are hard-hearted, and care not for 
the good. The perfection of His re- 
lation to us swallows up all our im- 
perfections. 

March 5tli. 
Life is not a series of chances, with 
a few providences sprinkled between, 
to keep up a justly failing belief, but 
one providence of God. 

3Iarch 6th. 
I think Thou Lord, wilt, heal me too, 

Whate'er the needful cure : 
The great best, only Thou wilt do. 

And hoping, I endure. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 33 

March 7tli. 

Our Lord's arguments are for the 

presentation of the truth, and the 

truth carries its own conviction to 
him who is able to receive it. 

March 8th. 

Obedience is as divine as Will. 
Service as divine as Rule. How ? Be- 
cause they are one in their nature : 
they are both a doing of the truth. 

March 9th. 

We are perfect in faith, when we 
can come to God, in the utter dearth 
of our feelings, and our desires, with- 
out a glow or an aspiration : with the 
weight of failures, neglects, and wan- 
dering forgetfulness, and say to Him, 
" Thou art my refuge because Thou art 
my home." 



34 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

March 10th. 

Weep if thou wilt, but weep not all 

too long. 
Or weep and work, for work will 

lead to song. 

March 11th. 
Nothing is inexorable but love. 

March 12th. 

To see a truth : to know what it 
is : to understand it, and to love it, 
are all one. 

March loth. 

Let us have grace to serve our God 
with divine fear : not Avith the fear 
that cringes and craves, but with the 
bowing down of all thoughts, all de- 
lights, all loves, before Him who is 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 35 

the life of them all, and who will 
have them all pure. 

March IJfth. 

It is not love that grants a boon 
unwillingly; still less is it love that 
answers a prayer to the wrong and 
hurt of him who prays. 

March 15th. 

God who has made us can never be 
far from any man, who draws the 
breatli of life — nay, must be in him : 
not necessarily in his heart, as we 
say, but still in him. 

March 16th. 

May not then, one day, some terri- 
ble convulsion from the center of his 
being ; some fearful earthquake from 



36 BEAUTIFUL TIIOUGTITS 

the hidden gulfs of his nature, shake 
such a man, so that through all the 
deafness of his death, the voice of the 
Spirit may be faintly heard, the still 
small voice that comes after the tem- 
pest and the earthquake? 

March 17tli. 

God requires of us that we should 
do Him no injustice. 

March 18th. 

Dome up, O Heaven ! yet higher o'er 
my head ; 

Back, back horizon ! widen out my 
world : 

Rush in, O infinite sea of the Un- 
known : 

For though He slay me, I will trust 
in God. 



FBOM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 37 

March 19th. 

To men who are not simple, sim- 
ple Avorcls are the most inexplicable of 
riddles. 



March 20th, 

It is the nature of God, so terribly 
pure, that it destroys all that is not 
as pure as fire, which demands like 
purity, in our worship. 

It is not that the fire will burn us, 
if we do not worship thus, but that 
the fire will burn us, until we wor- 
ship thus. 

March 21st. 

The true revelation arouses the de- 
sire to know more, by the truth of 
its incompleteness. 



38 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

March 22d. 

Whatever belonging to the region 
of thought and feeling is uttered in 
words, is of necessity uttered imper- 
fectly. 

March 23d. 

Be bounteous in thy faith, for not 

misspent, 
Is confidence unto the Father lent. 

March 24th. 

Words for their full meaning de- 
pend upon their source, the person 
who speaks them. 

So the words of God cannot mean 
just the same as the words of man. 

March 25th, 

Troubled Soul, thou art not bound 
to feel, but thou art bound to arise. 



FROM GEORGE MAG DONALD. 39 

God loves thee whether thou feelest 
or not. 

March 26th. 

Try not to feel good, when thou 
art not good, but cry to Him who is 
good. 

March 27th. 

Every uplifting of the heart is a 
looking up to the Father. 

March 28th. 

Spiritual pride springs from sup- 
posed success in the high aim: with 
attainment comes humility. 

March 29th. 

To be something to God — is not 
that praise enough ? 



40 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

March 30th. 

To be a thing God cares for, and 
would have complete for Himself, be- 
cause it is worth caring for, — is not* 
that life enough? 

March 3M. 

The true self is that which can 
look Jesus in the face, and say " Mi/ 
Lord:' 



APRIL. 



April 1st. 

Beauty doth not pass away! 

Her form departs not, though her 
body dies, 

Secure beneath the earth, the snow- 
drop lies, 

Waiting the Spring's young resurrec- 
tion day. 

April 2d. 

God gives Himself to us though 
we know it not. 

April 3d. 

Forgiveness can never be indiffer- 
ence. 



44 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

April Jftli. 

If we are bound to search after 
what our Lord means, — and He 
speaks, that we may understand — we 
are at least equally bound to refuse 
any interpretation which seems to us 
unlike Him — unworthy of Him. 

April 5tli. 

God loves where He cannot yet 
forgive — where forgiveness, in the full 
sense, is, as yet, simply impossible : 
because that which lies between us 
has not begun to yield to the besom 
of His holy destruction. 

Ap)ril 6th. 

Whatever a good word means as 
used by a good man, it means just 
infinitely more as used by God. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 45 

April 7th. 

If ye forgive not men their tres- 
passes, neitlier will your heavenly 
Father, forgive you your trespasses. 
These words are kindness indeed. 

Aiyril 8th. 

God holds the unforgiving man, 
with His hand, but turns His face 
away from liim. 

April 9th. 

It may be infinitely less evil to 
murder a man than to refuse to for- 
give him. In as far as we can we 
quench the relations of life between 
us. We shut out God, the Life, the 
One. 

Ajyril 10th. 
What man can judge his neighbor 



46 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

aright, save liim whose love makes 
him refuse to judge him? 

Therefore we are told to love, and 
not to judge. 

April 11th. 

To be content is not to be satis- 
fied. No one ought to be satisfied 
with the imperfect. 

April 12th. 

The way to worship God while 
daylight lasts is to work : the service 
of God, the only " divine service " is 
the helping of our fellows. 

April 13th. 

We are and we remain such creep- 
ing Christians, because we look at 
ourselves, and not at Christ. 



FBOM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 47 

April 14th. 

God does not by the instant gift 
of His Spirit, make us always feel 
right; desire good; love purity; as- 
pire after Him and His will. 

April 15th. 

Should the twilight darken into 

night, 
And sorrow grow to anguish: be 

thou strong : 
Thou art in God, and nothing can 

go wrong, 
Which a fresh life-pulse cannot set 

aright. 

April 16th, 

Each of us has within him, a 
secret of the Divinity; each is grow- 
ing toward the revelation of that 
secret to himself, and so to the full 



48 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

reception, according to his measure, 
of the Divine. 

Aj^ril 17tli. 

We do not lialf appreciate the 
benefits to the race, that spring from 
honest dulhiess. 

April 18tli. 

A man must not choose his neigh- 
bor; he must take the neighbor that 
God sends him. Your neighbor is 
just the man, who is next to you, at 
the moment. 

April 19th. 

We shall find one day, that beauty 
and riches were the best things, for 
tliose to whom they were given; as 
deformity and poverty, were the best 
for others. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD, 49 

April 20th. 

There are those who in their first 
seeking of it, are nearer to the king- 
dom, than many, who have for years, 
believed themselves of it. 

April 21st, 

The Lord says " Judge not." 
Didst thou judge thy neighbor yes- 
terday ? Wilt thou judge him again 
to-morrow ? 

April 22d. 

It is strange to see, how even 
noble women, with the divine gift of 
imagination, may be argued into un- 
belief in their best instincts, by some 
small man, as commonplace as clever, 
who beside them, is as limestone to 

marble. 
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50 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

April 23d. 

Whatever God does must be right, 
but are we sure that we know what 
He does ? 

That which men say He does may 
be very wrong indeed. 



April 24ih. 

So long as we hang back from 
doing what conscience urges, there is 
no peace for us. 



April 25tli. 

The Lord says, " Love your ene- 
mies." Sayest thou, "It is impos- 
sible ! " Thou sayest true, I doubt 
not : but hast thou tried whether He 
who made, will not increase the 
strength put forth to obey Him. 



FROM GEORGE 3fAC DONALD. 51 

April 26th. 

Go to Him, Avlio says in the might 
of His eternal tenderness, and His 
human pity. " Come unto me, all ye 
that labor and are heavy-laden, and I 
will give you rest." 

A2?ril 27th. 

"A strange longing after some- 
thing he knew not, nor could name, 
awoke within him. This feeling was 
never stilled ; the desire never left 
him ; sometimes growing even to a 
passion that was relieved only by a 
flood of tears." 

April 28th. 

Little did Robert tliink, that his 
soul was searching after One, whose 
form was constantly presented to him, 



52 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

but as constantly, obscured and made 
unlovely by the Avords, without 
knowledge, spoken in the religious 
assemblies of the land. 

April 29tlu 

The will of God can never be 
other than good ; but I doubt if any 
man can ever be sure that a thing is 
the will of God, save by seeing into 
its nature and character, and behold- 
ing its goodness. 

April 30th. 

It is one thing and a good thing, 
to do for God's sake, that which is 
not His will; it is another thing, and 
altogether a better thing, to do for 
God's sake, that which is His will. 



MAY. 



May 1st. 

Turn thee and to thy work; let 

God alone; 
And wait for Him; faint o'er the 

waves will come 
Far floating whispers from the other 

shore 
To thine averted ears. Do thou tliy 

work, 
And thou shalt follow ; follow and 

find thine own. 



May 2d. 

Count not that labor an evil, which 
helps to bring out the best elements 
of human nature. 



56 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

May 3d, 

Finding how the unbelief of the 
best of the poor is occasioned by 
hopelessness in privation, and the 
sufferings of those dear to them, he 
Avas confident that only the personal 
communion of friendship, could make 
it possible for them to believe in 
God. 

May 4th. 

You must not imagine that the re- 
sult depends on you, or that a single 
human soul can be lost, because you 
may fail. 

May 5th, 

God can use us as tools, but to be 
a tool of, is not to be a fellow- 
worker with. 



FH OM GEOJiGE MA C DONALD. 57 

Mai/ 6th. 

Repentance does not mean sorrow; 
it means turning away from the sin. 

Mai/ 7th. 

The mist was now far enouG^h off 
to be seen and thought about. It 
was clouds now — no longer mist and 
rain. And I thought how, at length, 
the evils of the w^orld would float 
away, and we should see what it was 
that made it so hard for us to be- 
lieve, and be at peace. 

May 8th. 

It is true, no one can by an 
effort of the Avill care for this or 
that; but where a man cares for 
notliing that is worth caring for, the 
fault must lie, not in the nature God 



58 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

made, but in the character the man 
himself has made, and is making. 

Ma^ 9th. 

When men face a duty, not merely 
will that duty become, at once, less 
unpleasant to them, but life itself 
Avill immediately begin to gather in- 
terest. 

Mai/ 10th. 

Thousands that are capable of 
great sacrifices are yet not capable of 
the little ones which are all that are 
required of them. 

May 11th. 

A multitude of successive, small 
sacrifices, may work more good in the 
world, than many a large one. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 59 

Ma?/ 12th. 

The cry of the human heart, in 
all ages, and in every moment, is, 
" AVhere is God, and how shall I 
find Him?" 

May 13th. 

Those who w^ould do good to the 
poor, must attempt it, in the way 
in which best they could do good to 
people of their own standing. 

May llfth. 

Women are being constantly mis- 
led by the fancy and hope of being 
the saviours of men. It is natural to 
goodness and innocence, but not the 
less is the error a disastrous one. 

Christians must be in the ^^'<K•ld as 



60 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

He was in the world : and in propor- 
tion as the truth radiated from them, 
the world would be able to believe in 
Him. 

Ma7/ 16th, 

Who shall say when God can do 
no more — God who takes no care of 
Himself, and is laboriously working 
to get His children home. 

May 17th. 

Our fate is in our own hands. It 
is ours to determine the direction in 
which we shall go. 

May 18th. 

The foolish child thinks tliere can 
be nothing, where he sees nothing ; 
the human heart feels, as if, where it 
cannot devise help, there is none pos- 



FPiOM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 61 

sible to God. " But as the heavens 
are higher than the earth, so are His 
ways higher than our ways, and His 
thoughts than our thoughts." 

Mai/ 19tli, 

If God cannot save a man by all 
His good gifts ; not even by the gift 
of a woman, offered to his higher 
nature, — but by that refused, — the 
woman's giving of herself, to his 
lower nature, can only make him the 
more unredeemable. 

May Wth, 

Nothing worth calling good can or 
ever will be started, full-grown. 

May 21st. 

■ There is no true power but that 
which has individual roots. 



62 BEAUTIFUL TIIOUGUTS 

Maij 2M. 

We are alwaj's disbelieving in God, 
because things do not go as we in- 
tend and desire them to go. 

May 23d. 

Contempt is murder committed by 
the intellect, as hatred is murder 
committed by the heart. 



May 34th. 

Would it be any kindness not to 
punish sin? Not to use all means to 
put away the evil thing from us. 



May 25th. 

God is nearer to you than any 
thought or feeling of 3'ours. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 03 

Mai/ 26th. 

If I felt my heart as hard as a 
stone ; if I did not love God or man, 
or woman, or little child, I would yet 
say to God, in my lieart, " O God, 
see how I trust Thee, because Thou 
art perfect, and not changeable like 
me. I do not love Thee. I am not 
even sorry for it. Thou seest how 
much I need Thee to come close to 
me, to put Thy arm around me, to 
say to me ^ 3Iy Child,' for the worse 
my state, the greater my need." 

Maij 27th. 

Everything is possible; but without 
labor and failure nothing is achiev- 
able. 

^--^ May 28th. 
It is a happy tiling for us that this 



64 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

is really all we have to concern our- 
selves about — what to do next. 

May 29tlu 

We are, perhaps, too much in the 
habit of thinking of death as the 
culmination of disease, Avhich, re- 
garded only in itself, is an evil, and 
a terrible evil. But I think rather of 
death as the first pulse of the new 
strength, shaking itself free from the 
old, mouldy remnants of earth-gar- 
ments, that it may begin, in freedom, 
the new life that grows out of the 
old. 

May SOtli. 

Some natures will endure a great 
amount of misery before tliey feel 
compelled to look there, for help, 
whence all help and liealing comes. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD, 65 

May 3Ut. 

Never any one tried to be better, 
without, for a time, seeming to liim- 
self, perhaps to others, to be worse. 



JUNE. 



June 1st. 

Do with us what Thou wilt, all 

glorious heart; 
Thou God of them that are not yet, 

but grow ; 
We trust Thee for the thing we shall 

be yet; 
We, too, are ill content with what 

we are. 



June 2d. 

The kino^dom of heaven is not 
come, even Avlien God's will is our 
law; it is come when God's will is 
our will. 



70 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

June 3d. 

The more we love God, the more 
we love each other. 



June Iftli. 

God is your Father whether you 
wish it or not. 



June 5th. 

God knows how things look to us 
both far off and near. What tliey 
look to Him, is what they are ; we 
cannot see them so, but we see them 
as He meant us to see them, there- 
fore truly, according to the measure 
of the created. 



June 6th. 

No one can ever save his soul. 
God only can do that. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 71 

June 7th. 

To have wliat we want is riches, 
but to be able to do without is 
power. 

June 8 til. 

That man has begun to be strong 
who has begun to know that sepa- 
rated from life essential, that is God, 
he is weakness itself; but of strength 
inexhaustible, if he be one with his 
origin. 

June 9th. 

Happy she, who as her sun is go- 
ing down behind the western is her- 
self ascending the eastern hill, re- 
turning througli old age to the 
second and better childhood which 
shall not be taken away. 



72 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

June 10 th. 

On the far horizon heaven and 
earth seemed to meet as old friends, 
who though never parted, were yet 
in the continual act of renewing their 
friendship. 

Jmie 11th. 

The earth like the angels was re- 
joicing, — if not over a sinner that 
had repented, yet over a man that 
had passed from a lower into a 
higher condition of life — out of its 
earth into its air. 

Ju7ie 12th. 

To make things real to us is the 
end and battle-cause of life. 

June 13th. 
We often think we believe what 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 78 

we are only presenting to our imag- 
inations. The least thing can over- 
throw that kind of faith. 

Ju7ie l^th. 

You cannot leave thoughts as you 
do books. Those you love only come 
nearer to you when you go away 
from them. 

June 15tli. 

Faith in its simplest, truest, might- 
iest form, is — to do His will in the 
one thing revealing itself, at the mo- 
ment, as duty. 

June 16th. 

God lets men have their play- 
things, like the children they are, 
that they may learn to distinguish 
them from true possessions. 



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June 17th. 

Enduring evil, without returning 
evil, was the Saviour's Avay. I fancy 
there would be more Christians, and 
of a better stamp, in the world, if 
that had been the mode of resistance 
always adopted. 

June 18th. 

The man who is able to look down 
and see that part of him capable of 
disappointment lying beneath him, is 
far more blessed than he who re- 
joices in the fulfillment of his desires. 

June 19th. 

Only where God is, is no empti- 
ness. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 75 

June Wth. 

Religion is simply the way home to 
the Father. 

Ju7ie 21st. 

Obedience is the road to all things. 
It is the only way to gro\y able to 
trust Him. 

June 22d. 

The gospel is not given to redeem 
our understandings, but our hearts : 
that done, and only then, our under- 
standings will be free. 

Ju7ie 23d. 

Poor unbelieving birds of God, we 
hover about a whole wood of the 
trees of life, venturing a peck, liere 
and there, as if their fruit might be 



76 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

poison, and the design of our Creator 
was our ruin. 

June ^^tli. 

God finds it very hard to teach 
us, but He is never tired of trying. 

Ju7ie 25tli. 

Love and faith and obedience are 
sides of the same prism. 

Jmie 26tli. 

Nothing but Christ Himself for 
3^our very own teacher and friend 
and brother, not all the doctrines 
about Him, even if every one of 
them were true, can save you. 

June '27th. 

It is out of the storm alone that 
true peace comes. 



Fit OM GEOli GE MA C UONALD. 7 7 

June Q8tli, 

One ought not to be miserable 
about another, as if God had forgot- 
ten him — only i)ray and be ready. 

June L'9th. 

Do you think Jesus came to de- 
liver us from the punishment of our 
sins? The terrible thing is to be bad, 
and all punishment is to help to de- 
liver us from it, nor will it cease 
until we have given up being bad. 

June 30th. 

To the loving soul alone does the 
Father reveal Himself; for love alone 
can understand Him. 



JULY. 



July 1st. 

Come to me, come to me, O my God ; 

Come to me everywhere. 
Let the trees mean Thee, and the 
grassy sod. 

And the water and the am 
For Thou art so far, that I often doubt, 

As on every side I stare. 
Searching within, and looking without. 

If Thou art anywhere. 

July 2d. 
God's mercy is infinite ; and the 
doctrine of adoption is one of the 
falsest of all doctrines invented by the 
so-called Church, and used by yet less 
loving teachers, to oppress withal, the 



82 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

souls of God's true children, and scare 
them from their Father's arms. 

Juli/ 3d. 

It will be something better and 
better, lovelier and lovelier, that Christ 
will teach you. Only you must leave 
human teachers altogether, and give 
yourself to Him to be taught. 

If we do not trust God, and will not 
work with Him ; but are always thwart- 
ing Him, in His endeavors to make us 
alive, then we must be miserable : there 
is no help for it. 

July 5th. 

The thing that God loves is the only 
lovely thing, and he who does it, does 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 83 

well ; and is on the way to discover 
that he does it very badly. 

Jidi/ 6th. 

The doing of things from duty, is 
but a stage on the road to the kingdom 
of truth and love. 

Juli/ 7th. 

To hold fast upon God, with one 
hand, and open wide the other to your 
neighbor — that is religion : and the 
true way to all better things that are 
yet to come. 

July 8th. 

It is those who are unaware of their 
proclivities, and never pray against 
them, that must be led into temptation, 
lest they should forever continue 
capable of evil. 



84 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

July 9th. 

I cannot help thinking — if I could 
get my head and heart into the king- 
dom of Heaven, I should find that 
everything else would come right. I 
believe it is God Himself I want — 
nothing will do but Himself in me. 

Juli/ 10th. 

When you are good, then you will 
know why Pie did not make you good 
at first, and will be perfectly satisfied 
with the reason ; because you will find 
it good and just and right — so good, 
that it was altogether beyond the un- 
derstanding of one who is not good. 

Jidy 11th. 

Peace is for those wlio do the truth, 
not for those who opine it. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 85 

Juhj 12tli. 

To know God is to be in the secret 
place of all knowledge. 



July ISth. 

To wait for God, believing it His 
one design to redeem His creatures, 
ready to put to the liand, the moment 
his hour strikes, is faith lit for a fellow- 
worker with Him. 



July IJi-tli. 

When I look like this into the blue 
sky, it seems so deep, so peaceful, so 
full of a mysterious tenderness, that I 
could lie for centuries, and Avait for 
the dawning of the face of God out 
of the awful loving-kindness. 



86 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

July loth. 

It is for the revelation of God to 
all human souls, that they may be 
saved by knowing Him, and so be- 
coming like Him, that a child is 
chosen and set before them, in the 
Gospels. 

July 16th. 

Reality, however lapped in vanity, 
or even in falsehood, cannot lose its 
power. 

July 17th. 

Forgiveness is love towards the un- 
lovely. 

July 18 th. 

To help the growth of a thought 
that struggles toward the liglit ; to 
brush with gentle hand, the earth- 



FROM GEOBGE MAC DONALD. 87 

stain from the Avliite of one snow- 
drop, such be my ambition. 



Juli/ 19th. 

People talk about special provi- 
dences. I believe in the providences, 
but not in the specialty. I do not 
think that God lets the thread of my 
affairs go for six days, and on the 
seventh evening, takes it up for a 
moment. 



Jul2/ mtli. 

Until we love the Lord, so as to do 
what He tells us, we have no right 
to have an oj^inion about what the 
disciples meant ; for all they wrote is 
about things beyond us. 



88 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

July 21st. 

My God, I thank Thee, Thou dost care 

for me. 
I am content, rejoicing to go on, 
Even when my home seems very far 

away ; 
For over grief and aching emptiness, 
And fading hopes, a higher joy arises. 

July 22d. 

To succeed in the wrong is the most 
dreadful punishment to a man, who in 
the main is honest. 



July 23d. 

If I had my way, I would never 
argue at all. I would spend my 
energy in setting forth what I believe, 
and so leave it to work its own way. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 89 

Juhj ^th. 

Surely if God has made us to desire 
the truth, He lias got some truth to 
cast into the gulf of that desire. 

Juhj 25tli, 
Love is one and love is changeless. 

July QGtli. 

I do not think that the road to con- 
tentment lies in despising what we 
have not got. Let us acknowledge 
all good, and be content without it. 

July 27tli. 

The world will never be right till 
the mind of God is the measure of 
things, and the will of God the law 
of things. 



90 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

July ?Mtli. 

Remember the Truth depends not 
on your seeing it. 



July 9.9tlu 

Show me the person ready to step 
from any, let it be the narrowest sect 
of Christian Pharisees, into a freer and 
holier air; and I Avill look to find, in 
that person, the one of that sect, who, 
in the midst of its darkness and selfish 
worldliness, has been living a life more 
obedient than the rest. 



July 30th. 

In giving, we receive more than we 
give; and the more is in proportion 
to the worth of tlie thing given. 



FROM GEORGE MACDONALD. 91 

Juli/ 31st. 

Well do I know not one human 
being ought — even were it possible — 
to be enough for himself : each of us 
needs God, and every human soul He 
has made, before He has enough ; but 
we ought each to be able, in the hope 
of what is one day to come, to endure 
for a time, not having enough. 



AUGUST. 



Aur/ust 1st. 

We believe — nay, Lord, we only hope. 

That one day we shall thank Thee per- 
fectly, 

For pain and hope and all that led 
or drove 

Us back into the bosom of Thy love. 

August 2d. 

Our strength ought to go into con- 
duct, not into talk — least of all, into 
talk about what they call the doctrine 
of the gospel. 

August 3d. 

If the world is God's, every true 
man ought to feel at home in it. 



96 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 



August J^th. 

Sometliing is wrong, if the calm of 
the summer night does not sink into 
the heart, for the peace of Gocl is there 
embodied. 



August 5th. 

As the light fills the earth, so God 
fills what we call life. 



August Gtli. 

To do what we ought, is an alto- 
gether higher, diviner, more potent, 
more creative thing, than to write the 
grandest poem, paint the most beau- 
tiful picture, carve the mightiest 
statue, or dream out the most enchant- 
ing commotion of melody and har- 
mony. 



FROM GEORGE 3IAC DONALD. 97 

August 7th. 

A Christian is just one that does 
what the Lord Jesus tells him. Neither 
more nor less than* that makes a 
Christian. 

August 8th. 

The Lord has not forsaken His 
people because the young ones do not 
think just as the old ones choose. 
The Lord has something fresh to tell 
them, and is getting them ready to 
receive His message. 

August 9th. 

On the borders of her playfulness, 
there seemed ever to hang a fringe of 
thoughtfulness, as if she felt that the 
present moment owed all its sparkle 
and brilliance to the eternal sunlight. 



98 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

God Avas good to lier, and to us, in 
her. 

August 10th. 

Everything God gives you to do, 
you must do as well as you can, and 
that is the best possible preparation 
for what He may Avant you to do 
next. 

August lltli. 

It Avas one of the lessons of our 
Lord's life that knoAvledge and poAver 
are not on a level Avith goodness. 

August 12th. 

"We cannot see the truth in common 
things, — the Avill of God in little every- 
day affairs, and that is hoAV they be- 
come so irksome to us. 



FR OM GEORGE 31 A C DONALD. 99 

August ISth. 

The lowest work Avliich God gives 
a man to do must be in its nature 
noble, as certainl}^ noble as tlie high- 
est. 

August l^tli. 

Life is God's school, and they who 
will listen to the Master there, will 
learn at God's speed. 

August 16tli. 

Something is wrong in the man to 
whom the sunrise is not a divine glory, 
for therein are embodied the truth, the 
simplicity, the might of the Maker. 

August 16th. 

Let no one who wants to do any- 
thing for the soul of a man lose a 



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100 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

chance of doing something for his 
body. 

August 17th. 

God is the only home of the human 
souL 

August 18th. 

A real duty is always something 
right in itself. The duty a man makes 
his for the time, by supposing it to be 
a duty, may be something quite wrong 
in itself. 

August 19th. 

Believe in the Will that w^ith a 
thouofht can turn the shadow of death 
into the morning ; give gladness for 
weeping, and the garment of praise for 
the spirit of heaviness. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 101 

August ?Mli. 

It is a good tiling to desire to sliare 
a good thing, but it is not well to be 
unable alone to enjoy a good thing. 

It is our enjoyment that should make 
us desire to share. To enjoy alone is 
to be able to share. 



August 2l8t. 

Respect and graciousness from each 
to each, is the very essence of Chris- 
tianity, independent of rank or pos- 
session or relation. 



August ^M, 

The man who would spare due 
suffering is not wise. Because a thing 
is unpleasant it is folly to conclude it 
ought not to be. 



102 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

There are creations to be perfected, 
sinners to be redeemed, through the 
ministry of pain. 

August '23d. 

Mercy sometimes wished she were 
good ; but there are thousands of wan- 
dering ghosts who would be good, if 
they might without taking trouble ; 
the kind of goodness they desire would 
not be worth a life to hold it. 

August 2Jftli. 

Instead of God's truth they offer 
man's theory, and accuse of rebellion 
ap-ainst God such as cannot live on 
the husks they call food. 

August ^dth. 

He speaks against God who says 
He does things that are not good. It 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 103 

does not make a thing good to call it 
good. 



August 26th. 

Tlie justice of God is the love of 
what is right and the doing of what is 
right. 

Eternal misery in tlie name of justice 
could satisfy none but a demon, whose 
bad laws had been broken. 



August 27th. 

How did they find Thee in days of 
old ? 
How did they grow so sure ? 
They fought in Thy name, they were 
glad and bold. 
They suffered and kept themselves 
pure. 



104 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

August 28tli. 

When will we understand tliat it is 
neither thought nor talk, neither sor- 
row for sin, iior love of holiness that 
is required of us, but obedience. To 
be and to obey are one. 



Auf/icst C9t7i. 

I know that all the strangest things 
in life and history must one day come 
together, in a beautiful face of loving 
purpose, one of the faces of the living 
God. 



August 30th. 

Our dependence is our eternity. 
We cannot live on bread alone: we 
need every word of God. 



FROM GEORGE MA C BONA LI). 105 

August 31sf. 

God cannot by searching be found 
out, jet is ever before us : the one we 
can best know, the one we cannot 
lielp knowing ; for His end in giving 
us being, is that His humblest creature 
shoukl at length possess Himself, and 
be possessed by Him. 



SEPTEMBER. 



Septejiiber 1st. 

Defeat thou know'st not, canst not 

know ; 
'Tis that thy aims so lofty go, 
They need as long to root and grow, 
As infant hills to reach the snow. 



Septemher 2d, 

God will not take you away if it 
be better for you to live here longer. 
But you will have to go sometime ; 
and if you contrived to live after God 
Avanted you to go, you would find 
yourself much less ready when the 
time came that j^ou must go. 



110 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

September 3d. 

God is tlie one perfect individual, 
and Avhile this world is His and that 
world is His, there can be no incon- 
sistency, no violent difference, between 
there and here. 

September Ij-tli. 

All is man's, only because it is 
God's. 

September 5th. 

The only way to get at what is 
right, is to do what seems right. Even 
if we mistake, there is no other way. 

September 6tli. 

Evil that is not seen to be evil by 
one willing and trying to do right, is 
not counted evil to him. It is evil, 



FROM GEORGE MA C DONA LD. 1 1 1 

only to the person who either knows 
it to be evil or Avho does not care 
whether it be or not. 



Septe^nher 7th. 

The philosopher is he who lives in 
the thought of things ; the Christian 
is he who lives in the thinn^s them- 
selves. 

September 8th. 

I thought that if I could get them 
to like poetry and beautiful things in 
words, it would not only do them good, 
but would help them to see Avliat is 
in the Bible and therefore love it more. 

September 0th. - 

It is in our own thoughts, and our 
own actions that we have first to stand 



112 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

up for the right ; our business is not 
to j)i'otect ourselves from our neigh- 
bor's wrong, but our neighbor from 
our wrong. This is to slay evil, the 
other is to make it multiply. 

September 10th. 

Things are ours, that we may use 
them for all — sometimes that we may 
sacrifice them. God had but one pre- 
cious thing and He gave that. 

September 11th. 

There is no forgetting ourselves, but 
in tlie finding of our deeper, our truer 
self — the Christ in us. 

September l'2th. 

Relicfion is neither the food nor the 
medicine of being. It is the life essen- 
tial. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 113 

September 13th. 

Depend upon" it, we get our best 
use of life, in learning, by the facts of 
its ebb and flow, to understand the 
Son of iMan. 

Sei^temher IJ^tli. 

Praised be the grandeur of the God 
who can endure to make and see His 
children suffer. 

September 15tli. 

Thanks be to Him for His north 
winds and His poverty, and His bitter- 
ness that falls upon the spirit that 
errs ! 

Let those who know Him, thus 
praise the Lord for His goodness. 

September IGth. 
" By life, T mean being. If there 



114 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

be no God, I dare not kill myself," 
said Malcolm, " lest worse should be 
waiting me in the awful voids beyond. 
If there be a God, living or dying is 
all one, so it be what He pleases." 

September 17th. 

Some people are content not to do 
mean actions. I want to become in- 
capable of a mean thought or feeling. 

September ISth. 

As we grow ready for true nobility, 
somewhere or other we will fmd what 
is needful for us, in a book, or a friend, 
or best of all, in our own thoughts — 
the eternal thought speaking in our 
thoughts. 

September Wtli. 
There is no strcnoih in unbelief. 



FliOM GEORGE MA C DONALD. 115 

Even tlie unbelief of what is false is 
no source of might. It is the truth 
shining from behind, that gives the 
strength to disbelieve. 



September 20ih, 

God may be good, although to you. 
His government may seem to deny it. 



Septemhei' '21st. 

It is the nobler thing to seek God 
in the days of gladness, to look up to 
Him, in trustful bliss, when the sun is 
shining. But if a man be miserable, 
if the storm is coming down on him, 
what is he to do ? Tliere is nothing 
mean in seeking God then, though it 
would have been nobler to seek Him 
before. 



116 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

September 22 d. 

If you have ever seen the Lord, 
if only from afar — if you have any 
vaguest suspicion that Jesus was a 
better man than other men, one of 3'our 
first duties must be to open your ears 
to His words, and see whether tliey 
commend themselves to you as true: 
then, if they do, to obey them with 
your whole strength and might. 

September 23d. 

When we understand Him, then 
only do we understand our life and 
ourselves. 



September 2Iftli. 

The only and greatest thing man is 
capable of is Trust in (lod. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 117 

Sej^t ember 25 tit. 

The true, in even the lowest kind, 
is of the truth, and to be compelled to 
feel that is to be driven a trifle nearer 
to the truth of being, of creation, of 
God. 

September 26th. 

Every truth has its own danger or 
shadow. 

September 27th. 

I imagine that to him that has over- 
come the world, in very virtue of his 
victory, it will show itself the lovely 
and pure thing it was created ; for 
he will see through the cloudy envelope 
of his battle to the living^ kernel below. 

September 28th. 
What a joy to know that, of all 



118 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

things and all thoughts — God is near- 
est to us — so near that Ave cannot see 
Him, but far beyond seeing Him, can 
know of Him infinitely. 

September 29th. 

God alone can tell what delights it 
is possible for Him to give to the pure 
in heart, who shall one day behold 
Him. 

September SOtJi. 

The true possession of anything is 
to see and feel in it, what God made 
it for and the uplifting of the soul 
by that knowledge, is the joy of true 
having. 



OCTOBER. 



October 1st. 

Nor seek tliou to revive 
The summer time, when roses were 
alive, 
Do thou thy work, — be willing to be 

- old; 
Thy sorrow is the husk that doth 
enfold 
A fforo^eous June, for which thou 
need'st not strive. 

October 2d. 

The world might be divided into 
those who let things go, and those 
who do not : into the forces and facts, 
the slaves and fancies : those who are 



122 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

always doing something on God's 
creative lines, and those that are always 
grumbling and striving against them. 

October 3d. 

Real union must ever be in propor- 
tion to mutual truthfulness. 

October 4th. 

To miss is the preparation for receiv- 
ing. 

October 5th. 

One incapable of drudgery cannot 
be capable of the finest work. 

October 6th. 

The idea that our standing is deter- 
mined by our knowledge of what is 
or is not the thing., is one of the degrad- 
ino- influences of modern times. 



FROM GEORGE MA C DONALD. 123 

Octoher 7th. 

I thought witliiu myself, that if there 
were a God, He certainly knew that I 
would give myself to Him, if I could : 
that if I knew Jesus to be really His 
son, however it might seem strange to 
believe in Him, and hard to obey liim, 
I would try to do so ; and then a verse 
about the smoking flax and the bruised 
reed came into my head, and a great hope 
arose in me. 

Octoher 8tli. 

God shows us the good and the bad ; 
urges us to be good ; makes good 
thoughts and good desires in us ; but 
we must yield ; we must turn to Him ; 
we must consent to be made good. 

Octoher 0th. 
The more anxious lie was to come 



124 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

near to God, tlie more lie felt that 
the high-road to God lay through the 
forest of humanity. 

October 10th. 

It is in the individual soul that the 
Spirit works, and out of which He 
sends forth fresh influences. 

October lltli. 

Good women, in their supposed 
ignorance of men's wickedness, are not 
unfrequently like the angels, in that 
they understand it perfectly, without 
the knowledge soiling one feather of 
their wings. 

October mtli. 

Until we begin to learn that the 
only way to serve God, in any real 



FROM GEORGE MA C DONA LI). 1 tJ5 

sense of the word, is to serve our 
neighbor, we may have knocked at the 
wicket-gate, but I doubt if Ave have 
got one foot across the threshold of 
the kingdom. 



October 13th. 

All the doors that lead inward to 
the secret place of the ^lost High are 
doors outwards — out of self — out of 
smallness — out of wrong. 



October llftli. 

It is not the high summer alone 
that is God's. The winter also is Ilis. 
All man's winters are His, — the winter 
of our poverty, — the winter of our 
sorrow — even the winter of our dis- 
content. 



126 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

October ISth. 

We cannot live on air alone, we need 
an atmosphere of living souls. 



October 16th. 

The love of God is the source of 
all joy, and of all good things, and 
this love is present in the child, Jesus. 

October 17th. 

I fancy the most indispensable thing 
to a life is that it should be interesting 
to those who have it to live. 



October 18th. 

The wind-tossed anemone is a word 
of God as real and true as the un- 
bejidiiig oak l)eneath wliich it grows. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 127 

Oetober 19th. 

Perhaps the highest moral height 
which a man can reach, and at the same 
time the most difficult of attainment, is 
the willingness to be nothinrf. 

October 20th. 

We can behold and understand God, 
in the least degree, as well as in the 
greatest, only by the Godlike within 
us, and he that loves thus the good 
and great has no room, no thought, 
no necessity for comparison and differ- 
ence. 

October 2Ut, 

Sunshine is not gladness, because 
you see Him not. The stars are far 
away because He is not near. 



128 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

October 22d. 
The heart within you cries out for 
something, and you let it cry. It is 
crying for its God — for its father and 
mother and home. And the day will 
come, wlien all the Avorld will look 
dull and gray, till your heart is satis- 
fied and quieted with the presence of 
Him in whom we live, move, and have 
our being. 

Octoher 23d. 

I believe that the grand, noble way 
of thinkinof of God and His will must 
be the true way, though it never can 
be grand or noble enough : and that 
belief in beauty and truth, is essential 
to a right understanding of the world. 

Octoher 24th. 
Sorrow herself will reveal, one day, 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 129 

that she was only the beneficent 
shadow of joy. 

October 25th. 

When we love truly, all oppression 
of past sin will be swept away. 

Octoher 26th. 

Love is the final atonement, oi wliich 
and for which the sacrifice of the 
atonement was made. And till this 
atonement is made in every man, sin 
holds its own, and God is not all in 
all. 

Octoher 27th. 

The goal of all life is the face of 
God. 

October 28th. 
She had a strong instinctive feeling 



130 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

that she was in the world to do some- 
thing, and she saw that if nobody 
tried to keep things right they would 
go terribly Avrong. 

If slie could do nothing with the big 
things, she must be the busier with the 
little things. 

October 29th. 

Perhaps she had to learn a yet 
higher lesson : tliat our one free home 
is the Heart, the eternal, lovely Will 
of God, than that which should fail, 
it would be better that Ave should go 
out in blackness. But this Will is 
our Salvation. Because He liveth, we 
shall live also. 

October SOtli, 

Is it true that all our experiences 
will one day revive in entire clearness 



FROM GEOBGE MAC DONALD. 131 

of outline, and full brilliancy of color, 
passing before the horror-struck soul 
to the denial of time, and the asser- 
tion of ever-present eternity? If so, 
then God be with us, for we shall 
need Him. 

October 31st. 

The Spirit of God lies all about 
the spirit of man, like a mighty sea, 
ready to rush in, at the smallest chink 
in the walls, that shut him out from 
his own. 



NOVEMBER. 



November 1st. 

Better a death when work is clone 
Than earth's most favored birth ; 

Better a chiki in God's great house 
Than the kine of all the earth. 



& 



November 2d. 

That whicli is best He gives most 
plentifully, as is reason wdth Him. 
Hence the quiet fulness of ordinary 
nature ; hence the Spirit to them that 
ask it. 

November 3d. 

And tlien I thouofht of the wind 
that bloweth where it listeth, wdiich is 



136 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

everywhere, and I thanked God for 
the Life of life whose story and whose 
words are in that best of books. 

November Jftli. 

If we do evil that good may come, 
the good we looked for will never come 
thereby. But once evil is done, we 
may humbly look to Him who bringeth 
good out of evil and wait. 

November 5th. 

Only as we do our duty will light 
go up in our hearts, making us wise 
to understand the precious words of 
our Lord. 

November 6th. 

What we all need is just to become 
little children like Him ; to cease to be 



FBOM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 137 

careful about many things, and trust 
in Him, seeking only that He sliould 
rule, and that we should be made good 
like Him. 

November 7th. 

We profess to think Jesus the 
grandest and most glorious of men, 
and yet hardly care to be like Him ; 
and so when we are offered His Spiiit 
for the asking, we will hardly take the 
trouble to ask for it. 

Novemhev 8th. 

Tlie philosopher occupies himself 
with what God may intend, the Chris- 
tian with what God may want him to 
do. 

November 9th. 
It is a joy to think that He will not 



138 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

give you a stone, even if you should 
take it for a loaf, and ask for it, as 
sucli. 

JVovemher 10th. 

When people do not understand 
what the Lord says, when it seems to 
them that His advice is impracticable, 
instead of searching deeper for a mean- 
ing which will be evidently true and 
wise, they comfort themselves by think- 
ing He could not have meant it al- 
together, and so leave it. 

Novemher 11th. 

Let us seek to find out what our 
Lord means that we may do it : trying 
and failing, and trying again, — verily 
to be victorious at last, — what matter 
ivhe7i so long as we are trying, and so 
coming nearer to our end. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 139 

November 12th. 

To serve is the highest, noblest call- 
ing in creation. For even the Son of 
Man came not to be ministered unto 
but to minister. 

November loth. 

Father ! we need Thy winter as Thy 
spring, 

And Thy poor children, knowing Thy 
great heart, 

Will cease to vex Thee with our pee- 
vish cries, 

Will lift our eyes and smile, though 
sorrowful, 

Yet not the less pray for Thy help, 
when pain 

Is overstrung. 

November IJfth. 
It has been well said that no man 



140 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

ever sank under the burden of the day. 
It is when to-morrow's burden is added 
to the burden of to-day that the weight 
is more than a man can bear. 

November 15th. 

One of the highest benefits we can 
reap from understanding the way of 
God with ourselves is, that we become 
able thus to trust Him, for others, with 
whom we do not understand His ways. 

November 16th. 

The poorest success, provided the 
attempt has been genuine, will enable 
one to enter into any art ten times 
better than before. 

November 17 th. 

I think the rest, in heaven, as here, 
will be the presence of God, and if Ave 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 141 

have Him with us, the battlefield itself 
will be, if not quiet, j^et as full of 
peace as this night of stars. 

November 18th. 

Humble ministrations to your neigh- 
bor will help 3^ou to that perfect love 
of God whicli casteth out fear. 

November 19th, 

Nothing but the love of God — that 
God revealed in Christ — will make you 
able to love your neighbor aright. 

November Wth. 

One of the gi-eat battles that we have 
to fight in this world — for twenty great 
battles have to be fought, all at once 
and in one — is the battle with appear- 
ances. 



142 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

Noveynher 21st, 

Contempt is one of tlie lowest spirit- 
ual conditions in wliicli nwy being can 
place himself. Our Lord says, " Take 
heed that ye despise not one of these 
little ones, for their angels do always 
behold the face of My Father, who is 
in heaven." 

November 22d. 

In thinking lovingly about others, 
we think healthily about ourselves. 

November 23 d. 

There is One who bringeth light out 
of darkness, joy out of sorrow, humility 
out of wrong. 

November 24th. 
When our duty looks like an enemy. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 143 

dragging us into tlie dark mountains, 
we liave no less to go with it, tliaii 
when, like a friend with loving face, 
it offers to lead him along green pas- 
tures, by the river-side. 



November 25th. 

It is a fine thing in friendship to 
know when to be silent. 



Novemher 26th. 

Action is more powerful than 
speech, in the inculcation of religion. 



N'ovemher 27th. 

Some spirit must move in that 
wind that haunts us with a kind of 
human sorrow. 



144 BEAUTIFUL TIIOUGUTS 

November 28th. 

Thou, too, hast such a chamber, 

quietest place, 
Where God is waiting for thee. 

What is it 
That will not let thee enter? 

November 29th. 

In the cold desolate garret he knelt 
and cried out unto that which lay 
beyond the thought that cried, the 
unknowable infinite, — after the God 
who may be found, as surely as a 
little child knows his mysterious 
mother. 

November 30th. 

God cannot be more j^our Father 
than He is. You may be more His 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 145 

child than you are, but not more 
than lie meant you to be, nor more 
than He made you for. 
10 



DECEMBER. 



December 1st. 

But He said that they Avho did His 
work 

The truth of it shouhl know: 
I will try -to do it — if He be Lord, 

Perhaps the old spring will flow. 
Perhaps the old spirit wind will 
blow, 

That He promised to their prayer, 
And doing Thy will, I yet shall know 

Thee Father, everywhere ! 

December 2d. 

The winter restrains that the sum- 
mer may have the needful time to do 



150 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

its work Avell : for the winter is but 
the sleep of summer. 

December 3d. 

Shall life itself be less beautiful 
than one of its clays? Do not be- 
lieve it. Men call the shadow 
thrown upon the universe, Avhere 
their own dusky souls come between 
it and the eternal sun — life; and then 
mourn that it should be less bright 
than the hopes of their childhood. 

December Iftli. 

All good is of God. If a man love 
his brother whom he hath seen, the 
love of God, whom he hath not seen, 
is not very far off. 

December 5tli. 
Unto everv one whom God hath 



FROM GEORGE MA C BOX ALT). 151 

sent into tlie world, He hath given a 
work to do in that world. 



December 0th. 

Whatever may l^e meant by the 
place of misery, depend upon it, it is 
only another form of love : love 
shining through the fogs of ill, and 
so made to look something very dif- 
ferent. 



December 7tli. 

The simplest woman who tries not 
to judge her neighbor, Avill better 
know what is best to know, than the 
best-read bishop Avithout that one 
simple outgoing of his highest nature, 
in the effort to do the will of Him 
who thus spoke. 



152 BEAUTIFUL TUOUGUTS 

December 8th. 

The one grand thing in humanity 
is faith in God; the highest in God, 
His truth, His goodness, His right- 
eousness. 

December 9tli. 

As far as my experience guides 
me, I am bound to believe that there 
is a spot of soil in every heart, suffi- 
cient for the growth of a gospel 
seed. 

December 10th. 

Aspiration and obedience are the 
two mightiest forces for development. 

December 11th. 

Of nothing can my heart be sure 
Except the highest, best : 

When God I see Avitli vision pure, 
That sight will be my rest. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 153 

December 1.3th. 

The true way is difficult enough, 
because of our unchildlikeness, but 
there is a fresh life with every sur- 
mounted height, a purer air gained, 
more life for more climbing. 

December ISth, 

A quiet heart, submissive, meek. 

Father, do thou bestow. 
Which more than granted will not seek 

To have, or give, or know. 

December llfth. 

The winter is the childhood of the 
year. Into this childhood of the year 
came the .child Jesus ; and into this 
childhood of the year must we all 
descend. 



154 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

December loth. 

When the human soul is not yet able 
to receive the vision of the God-man, 
God, sometimes, — might I not say 
always ? — reveals Himself, or at least 
gives Himself, in some human being, 
whose face, whose hands are the minis- 
tering angels of His unacknowledged 
presence, to keep alive the fire of love 
on the altar of the heart, until God 
hath provided the sacrifice — that is, 
until the soul is strong enough to draw 
it from the concealinoj' thicket. 



December IGtli. 

It is not good that a man should 
batter day and night at the gate of 
lieaven. Sometimes he can do noth- 
ing else, and then nothing else is worth 
doing ; but the very noise of the siege 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 155 

will sometimes drown the still small 
voice that calls from the open postern. 

December 17th. 

No human being has ever been 
allowed to occupy the position of a 
pure benefactor. The receiver has his 
turn and becomes tlie giver. 

December 18th. 

Think not about thy sin, so as to make 
it either less or greater in thine own 
eyes. Bring it to Jesus, and leave it 
to Him to judge thee. 

December 19th. 

Our Lord taught us to pray always 
and not get tired of it. God, however 
poor creatures we may be, would have 
us talk to Him, for then He can speak 



156 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

to US better than when we turn no 
face to Him. 

December 20th. 

God gives us every sort of opportu- 
nity for trusting Him. 



December 21st, 

Come liome, hungry soul ! Tliy God 
is not like the elder brother of the 
parable, but a God high above all thy 
lorjging, even as the heavens are above 
the earth. 



December 22d. 

Who dwelleth in that secret place, 
Wliere tumult enters not, 

Is never cold with terror base, 
Kever with anger IkjI, 



F^o^[ GEoncF ^fAC doxald. iot 

For if an evil host should dare 

His very lioart invosr. 
God is his deeper lioari. and ilioro 

He entei-s into rest. 

Dccrmhcr .^>:7. 

Tlio Yorv niotlier of the Lord did 
not, for a hvaL:^- time, niiderstauLl Him, 
and only throtigh sorrow eanie to see 
true odory. 

De(*emher B^th, 

A body eannot rise to the heiL^-ht of 
graee all at onee, nor yet in ten en- 
twenty years, ^laybe if 1 do ri^hi, I 
may be able to eome to that eie all be 
done. 

Decmnher Both. 

\n the name of tlie ludy eluld, Jestr^, 
1 eall iiiH^n vou this Cdiristmas Oav to 



158 BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS 

cast care to tlie winds, and trust in 
God : to remember that the one gift 
promised without reserve, to those that 
ask it, is the gift of the Holy Spirit : 
the spirit of the child Jesus, wlio will 
take of the things of Jesus and make 
you understand them. 

December 26tli. 

Tliere can be no true labor done, 
save in as far as we are fellow-laborers 
Avith God. We must work with Him, 
not against Him. 

Decemiher 27tli. 

If we could thoroughly understand 
anything, that would be enough to 
prove it undivine, and that which is 
but one step beyond our understanding 
must be, in some of its relations, as 
mysterious as if it were a hundred. 



FROM GEORGE MAC DONALD. 159 

December £8th. 

"What is a man to do for the 
poor? How is he to work with 
God?" He must be a man amongst 
them — a man breathing the air of a 
higher life, and therefore, in all 
natural waj-s, fulfilling his endless 
human relations to them. 

December 29th. 

Of one thing I am pretty sure. 
The same recipe Goethe gave for the 
enjoyment of life applies equally to 
all work. " Do the thing that lies 
next you." That is all our business. 

December 30th. 

Whatever you do for the needy, 
let your own being, — that is you, in 
relation to them, — be the background, 
that so you may be a link between 



IGO BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS. 

them and God, or rather, I should 
say, between them and a knowledge 
of God. 

December 31st. 

Thou goest thine, and I go mine — 

Many ways we wend ; 
Many days and many ways, 

Ending in one end. 

Many a wrong, and its curing song; 

Many a road, and many an inn ; 
Room to roam, but only one home 

For all the world to Avin. 



INDEX 



INDEX. 



Action, 143. 

Affliction, 19. 

Against God, 103. 

Aid, an. 111. 

All at once, 157. 

All his Works declare Him, 23. 

All that can be done, 16. 

An opportunity, 99. 

Appearances, 141. 

Argument, 13, 33, 88. 

Battle-cause of life, 72. 
Beautiful faces, 104. 
Become thou pure, 11. 
Begin to be strong, 71. 
Being, 114. 
Belief in beautj^ 128. 
Be satisfied, 84. 
Best, 135. 



164 INDEX. 

Best things, 48. 
Best use of life, 113. 
Be willing to be old, 121, 
Burdens, 20, 140. 
Business of life, 26. 

Calm of the summer night, 96. 
Care ye little, 9. 
Character, 58. 
Childhood, 153. 
Christ alone, 76. 
Christianity, 11, 46. 
Christians in the world, 59. 
Come to us, 19. 
Come unto Me, 51, 82. 
Conduct, 95. 
Contempt, 142. 
Contentment, 46, 89. 
Cry of Humanity, 59. 
Cup of cold water, 25. 



Days of gladness, 115. 
Death, 9, 10, 64, 135. 
Defeat, 109. 

Doing, not disputing, 19, 149. 
Doors, 125. 



INDEX. 165 



Doubt, 24, 49, 62, 114, 144 
Drudgery, 122. 
Dullness, 48. 
Duty, 58, 83, 136, 142, 159. 



Earnest work, 14. 
Enduring evil, 74. 
Essence of Christianity, 101. 
Eternal Sunlight, 98. 
Evil, 55, 110. 

Failures, 15. 

Faith, 33, 38, 47, 73, 139, 140. 

Faithfulness, 7. 

Feeling, 39. 

Forces and Facts, 122. 

Forest of Humanity, 124. 

Forgiveness, 43, 44, 45, 86. 

Free-will, 123. 

Friendship, 72, 143. 

Gladness for weeping, 100. 

God, only, creates, 8. 

God sees thee, 20. 

God's especial tenderness, 9, 63. 



166 INDEX. 

Grod's greatness, 113. 
God's patience, 76. 
God's school, 99, 115. 
God's will, 89. 
God with thee, 12, 35, 62. 
Good to the poor, 59, 159. 
Good women, 124. 
Gospel, 75. 
Growth, 47, 61. 



Happiness, 71. 
Hard-hearted, 32. 
Here and there, 110. 
Higher joy, 88. 
Higher Life, 90. 
His end in giving, 105. 
His north winds, 113. 
His Spirit, 47. 
Hoping, 32. 
Human, we love, 12. 
Hurt of love, 16. 
Husks, 102. 

If Thou shine in me, 13. 
If you would only ask, 12. 
Individual soul, 124. 



INDEX, 167 



In God, 25. 
Injustice, 36, 44. 
Inward sense, 31. 

Jesus, 31, 158. 
Joy, 129. 

Judge not, 46, 49, 151. 
Justice of God, 103. 

Kindness, 62. 

Kingdom of Christ, 26 49, 69. 

Knowledge, 16, 50, 85. 

Labor, 63, 158. 

Less ready, 109. 

Life, 40, 74, 96, 126, 136. 

Life and religion, 24. 

Light out of darkness, 2, 14. 

Little affairs, 98, 130. 

Little child, 86, 136. 

Longing, 51, 81, 84, 103, 128, 156. 

Lost years, 26. 

Love, faith, obedience, 70. 

Lowest work, 98. 

Man's labors, 21. 
Mean thoughts, 114. 



168 INDEX, 

Mercy, 81. 

Ministry of pain, 102. 

Misery, 64, 65, 77, 82, 151. 

Mist and clouds, 57. 

More blessed, 74. 

Murder, 62. 

My ambition, 87. 

None but God, 11. 
Not able to receive, 154. 
Not understanding, 138. 
Not having enough, 91, 
Nothing, 127. 
Not love, 8. 

Obedience, 32, 33, 75, 87, 104, 153. 

One day, 95. 

One providence, 32. 

One of the lessons, 98. 

One of your first duties, 116. 

Only God, 10. 

Only lovely thing, 82. 

Only way, 3. 

Opportunity, 11, 156. 

Our fate, 60. 

Our dependence, 104. 

Our business. 111. 



INDEX. 169 



Our truer self, 112. 
Outside the Kingdom, 26. 

Parting, 160. 
Peace, 20, 50, 76, 84. 
Perfect, 25. 
Philosopher, 111. 
Playthings, 130. 
Power of God, 60, 61, 70. 
Praise enough, 39. 
Prayer, 15, 137. 
Preparation, 98, 122. 
Pride, 39. 
Providences, 87. 
Punishments, 77, 88. 
Purest love of a woman, 8. 
Purity, 37, 118. 

Quiet heart, 153. 

Real Duty, 100. 
Reality, 86, 122. 
Receiver and Giver, 135. 
Rejoicing, 31, 72. 
Religion, 75, 83, 112. 
Repentance, 57. 
Repose, 22. 



170 INDEX, 

Rest, 140, 155, 152, 157. 
Results, 56. 
Resurrection, 43. 
Revelation, 37, 77. 
Riches, 71. 

Sacrifice, 58, 113, 

Salvation, 131. 

Secret place, 21. 

Service, 24, 34, 46, 124, 139. 

Simple words, 37. 

Smoking flax, 123. 

Sorrow, 157. 

Spirit of God, 131, 

Still small voice, 154. 

Stillness and Thunder, 21. 

Strength of a woman, 13. 

Strive to be, 12. 

Success, 140. 

Sunrise, 99. 

Sunshine, 127. 



Take thought, 14. 
Temptation, 83. 
That which we call evil, 11. 
"The Thing," 122. 



INDEX. 171 



Thoughts, 73. 

Thy Will, 27, 69. 

To do what we ought, 96. 

To enjoy alone, 101. 

Tools, 56. 

To trust God, 14, 15, 36, 116. 

Trees of Life, 75. 

Troubled Soul, 38. 

True nobility, 114, 115. 

True power, CI. 

True self, 40. 

True way, 153. 

Trusted, 8. 

Truth, 9, 34, 117, 89, 90. 

Unbelief of the Poor, 56. 
Uncover the light, 19. 
Understanding, 116, 127, 158. 

Victory, 117. 
Voice, A, 24. 

Waiting, 85. 
Wait in quietness, 10. 
What Thou Art, 21. 
WTio is a Christian, 97. 



172 INDEX, 

Will of God, 52. 

Winter and Summer, 125, 149. 

Without taking trouble, 102. 

Women's mistake, 59, 61. 

Words, 38, 44. 

Work and Faith, 7. 

Work on, 23, 34, 55. 

Young and Old, 97. 
Your enemies, 50. 
Your Father, 70. 
Your neighbor, 48. 
Your next duty, 22, 64.