The Pulpit by the Hearth

The Pulpit by the Hearth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...them till they were satisfied. It was a morose world which slung its morsels of pitiful morality at Him, because He came eating and drinking. Those who appreciate Christ's character most highly will best appreciate a pure, healthy, human enjoyment. But if lightness of heart is one thing, emptiness or vacuity of mind is another. It was surely this which made the people make light of the invitation to the marriage. They did not understand its import. They did not wait to see how earnest were the messengers, nor to think how generous was the call. Some very small pleasure of their own dinned its small claim into their ear, and coaxed them from the richer treat. They did not stop to think of the pearls they trod on as they went back to the dunghill of the farm, and the dust-heap of the merchandise. They made light of it. So do we find men and women (more like children than mature thinking beings) pretending to criticise the earnest work of earnest men to-day. Men stand up and tell Christ's message, "All things are ready," and small witlings coin what they call a joke out of it, and try to laugh the solemn call to scorn. They sing the message, trying to peal the music into the soul by giving the key-note of the marriage song, but the cockcrow of the farmyard screeches it into a doggerel, and they make light of it still. They cry in pleading tones--Come home, come home! From the sin and the shame, From the sorrow and blame, And the tempter that smiled, O prodigal child, come home. But the jingle of the merchandise drowns the pathos, and the shuffle of the shop still burkes the invitation. It is not necessary that the farm and the merchandise be mere business. Any love or any pleasure, any work or any care which pre-occupies the heart and...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540220
  • 9781236540225