Beside the Still Waters, Spoken Meditations on the Permanent Realities of Personal Religion
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...(with blessed inconsistency, ) ask God to teach and lead them now. "There runs a story," said Theodore Parker, "that one Passover Sabbath day, when Jesus was a boy of twelve, he stood with his mother at the door of their little cottage in Nazareth, --his father newly dead, and his brothers and sisters playing their noisy games. And he said 'O mother! would that I had lived in the times when there was open vision, and the Lord visited the earth, as in the days of Adam, Abraham, and Moses. These are sad times, mother, which we have fallen on.' Mary laid the baby, sleeping, from her arms, and took a sprig of hyssop out of the narrow wall, and said 'Lo! God is here! and, my boy, not less than on Jacob's ladder do angels herein go up and down. It is spring-time now, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land, and the blossom of this grapevine is fragrant with God. The date-tree, the white rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley, root in Him. He is in your little garden out there, not less than in grand Eden, with Adam and Eve. Look how the setting sun has sketched out all the hills! what a purple glory flames in the west, and is reflected in the east, where the full moon tells us it is Passover day." 'Nay, mother, ' said the thoughtful boy, 'but He has left the soul of Israel for their sin: --So Rabbi Jonas told us in the synagogue to-day. O that I had lived with Elias or Amos, when the Spirit fell on men! I had also been filled with Him.' And Mary took up her wakened baby, and, stilling it in her bosom, she said--' The sins of Israel, my boy, are like Rebecca's cry. God is more mother to the children of Israel than I to her. Do you think He will forsake the world? This little baby is as new as Adam, and God is as near...
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