Thursday, September 18, 2014

MacDonald: in praise of doubt

Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Commemoration of George MacDonald, Spiritual Writer, 1905
    [Jesus] said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
    —Luke 24:38-39 (NIV)
    I cannot say I never doubt, nor until I hold the very heart of good as my very own in Him, can I wish not to doubt. For doubt is the hammer that breaks the windows clouded with human fancies, and lets in the pure light. But I do say that all my hope, all my joy, all my strength are in the Lord Christ and his Father; that all my theories of life and growth are rooted in him.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), in George MacDonald and His Wife, Greville MacDonald, G. Allen & Unwin, 1924, p. 374 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:38-39; Ps. 42:5-6; 73:13-17; Matt. 4:16; 8:26; 14:31; 17:17; Mark 4:40; 9:19; Luke 8:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may all my doubts lead me back to You.
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