Archive for the ‘God the Father’ Category

God is the soul’s sole good

August 24, 2009

The Christians’ God is a God who makes the soul aware that he is its sole good; that in him alone can it find peace. Only in loving him can it find joy; and who at the same time fills it with loathing for the obstacles which hold it back and prevent it from loving God with all its might. Self-love and concupiscence, which hold it back are intolerable. This God makes the soul aware of this underlying self-love which is destroying it, and which he alone can cure.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées

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God’s Provision

August 24, 2009

I do want you, dear friends, to realise this principle of working with GOD, and trusting Him for all. If the work is at the command of GOD we can go to Him with fullest confidence for workers. And when GOD gives the workers, then we can go to Him for the means. We always accept
a suitable volunteer, whether we have funds in hand or not.

Then we very often say, Now, dear friend, your first work will be to join us in praying for the money to send you to China. As soon as there is money enough, the time of year and other circumstances being suitable, the volunteer goes out. We do not wait until there is a remittance in hand to give him when he gets there. The LORD will, in the meanwhile, provide the means, and the money will be wired to China in time to supply his wants. Let us see that we keep GOD before our eyes ;that we walk in His ways, and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, GOD’S work done in GOD’S way will never lack GOD’S supplies.

Roger Steer, J.Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, O M F Books (October 1993) p.299

The Silent God?

August 24, 2009

If God will send his angels

And if God will send a sign

And if God will send his visions

Would everything be alright?

God has got his phone off the hook, babe

Would he even pick up if he could?

Bono, U2, If God will send his angels

And if He isn’t dumb is He deaf?

God is good but will he listen?

Bono, U2, Staring at the Sun

Fathers – some are impossible to please

August 19, 2009

Churchill’s father, Lord Randolph, almost always treated him harshly. For his part, Churchill did all he could to please his father, the hero of his youth whom he continued to revere all his life.

Below are portions of two letters father and son exchanged. They illustrate what I’m saying.

At the time Churchill was 19 and a cadet at Sandhurst. Lord Randolph had given him a gold watch; and later learned from the watchmaker, Mr. Dent, that it had twice been damaged while in Churchill’s care. That prompted Lord Randolph’s letter. The “Jack” Lord Randolph mentions is his son and Winston’s younger brother.

21 April 1894

Dear Winston,

(Mr. Dent) told me (you had) with the utmost carelessness dropped it on a stone pavement & broken it badly.

(After repairs) Dent again received the watch and you told him it had been dropped in the water. He told me the whole of the works were horribly rusty.

I would not believe you would be such a young stupid. It is clear you are not to be trusted with a valuable watch & when I get it back from Mr. Dent I shall not give it back to you.

Jack has had the watch I gave him longer that you have had yours; the only expenses I have paid on his watch was 10/s for cleaning before he went back to Harrow.

(In) all qualities of steadiness taking care of his things & never doing stupid things Jack is vastly your superior.

Your very much worried parent,

Randolph S. Churchill

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Churchill replied the next day. His letter includes lengthy explanations of the circumstances in which the watch was damaged and what he did to set matters right. Here’s what he told Lord Randolph about dropping the watch “in the water.”

I placed the watch …in my breast pocket – not having with uniform a waistcoat to put it in – and while walking along the Wish Stream I stooped down to puck up a stick and it fell out of my pocket into the only deep place for miles.

The stream was only about 5 inches deep – but the watch fell into a pool nearly 6 feet deep.

I at once took off my clothes and I dived for it but the bottom was so uneven and the water so cold that I could not stay in longer than 10 minutes and had to give it up.

The next day I had the pool dredged – but without result. On Tuesday therefore I obtained permission from the Governor to do anything I could provided I paid for having it all put straight again.

I then borrowed 23 men from the Infantry Detachment – dug a new course for the stream – obtained the fire engine and pumped the pool dry and so recovered the watch.

I tell you all this to show you that I appreciated fully the value of the watch and that I did not treat the accident in a casual way. The labour of the men cost me over (three pounds).

I am sorry to have written you such a long and stupid letter, but I do hope you will take it in some measure as an explanation.

With best love
I remain ever your loving son
Winston S. Churchill

Nothing Churchill did impressed Lord Randolph. To the end of his life he predicted his oldest son would be a failure and an embarrassment to the family name.

Sad.
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Randolph S. Churchill, Winston S. Churchill: Youth (pgs. 209-213)