Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Pause

“If I find my position, my consciousness, that of one from home, nay, that of one in some sort of prison; if I find that I can neither rule the world in which I love nor my own thoughts or desires; that I cannot quiet my passions, order my likings, determine my ends, will my growth, forget when I would, or recall what I forget; that I cannot love where I would, or hate where I would; that I am no king over myself; that I cannot supply my own needs, do not even always know which of my seeming needs are to be supplied, and which treated as impostors; if, in a word, my own being is everyway too much for me; if I can neither understand it, be satisfied with it, nor better it—may it not well give me pause—the pause that ends in prayer?”

—George MacDonald, “The Word of Jesus on Prayer,” Unspoken Sermons.


Dan G said...

Really good stuff! MacDonald lovers, check out the recently released free audio version of Unspoken Sermons over at Librivox. David Baldwin, who recorded them, is a joy to listen to. Check it out here:

Quite a lot of MacDonalds other works are freely available there as well.

C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D. said...

Thanks Dan.

Anonymous said...

This is why we will all come to deeply love our Creator; and why we must do our best to have mercy on all.