Turning Points of Thought and Conduct

Turning Points of Thought and Conduct

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...included with Peter and John in the promise of their Master's continual personal presence. No man ever dreamed of promising so much as that. And so this saying of our Lord, like so many others of his sayings, reveals him to us in his twofold glory, as both most human and most Divine. "/ will be with you;"--here speaks the Son of Man'to the longing of human hearts: --"alway, even to the end of the world;"--here speaks the Son of God out of his Divine efficiency to give full realization to his transcendent promise. For how far this goes beyond all human power of realization we perceive at once. What is the presence of a departed friend that abides with us when he is gone to another land, or another world? So far as we know, it is an ideal presence only. It exists only in our thought. It depends upon our imagination to make him present, and cannot exist for us apart from our reflecting or imagining power. The absent one is present with us only when we form a mental image, or idea, of him as with us, but this ideal presence ceases the moment that the idea passes. Suppose for a moment that this ideal presence was all that our Lord meant to promise. How inadequate is this. The old photographs of our friends fade in their exposure to the light of many years. Even the dear children that we bury, how the ceaseless rub of work and care blurs the imprint of their faces and voices upon our hearts after our tears have dried, till at last we have to depend upon the portrait on the wall for most that we can summon back of the vanished look. Hardly could the first disciples, however their memories glowed at first with impressions of their Lord's looks and tones, have preserved even his ideal presence unobscured. And even though those three...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236582187
  • 9781236582188