Sunday, September 06, 2009

MacDonald: making things bad

Sunday, September 6, 2009
    Commemoration of Allen Gardiner, founder of the South American Missionary Society, 1851
    Commemoration of Albert Schweitzer, Teacher, Physician, Missionary, 1965
    [Jesus:] “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
    “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.”
    —Luke 15:22-25 (NIV)
    But first I said, ... “Some people think it is not proper for a clergyman to dance. I mean to assert my freedom from any such law. If our Lord chose to represent, in His parable of the Prodigal Son, the joy in Heaven over a repentant sinner by the figure of ‘music and dancing’, I will hearken to Him rather than to men, be they as good as they may.”
    For I had long thought that the way to make indifferent things bad, was for good people not to do them.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 179 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You authorize rejoicing for all good things.
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