Phillips Brooks in Boston: Five Years' Editorial Estimates

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G. H. Ellis, 1893 - 119 pages
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Page 36 - Everybody has heard of Methodist and Second Adventist watch-night meetings ; of the prayers, of the songs, the testimonies, the audible manifestations of religious enthusiasm with which members of these communions are accustomed in certain localities, and especially were accustomed in former times, "to watch the old year out and the new year in." The impression derived from witnessing or reading accounts of such gatherings naturally is that a watch-night service is peculiarly adapted to places and...
Page 116 - It is from the power of love which is in our own hearts. Love is at the soul of everything. Whatever has not the power of loving must have a very dreary life indeed. We like to think that the sunshine and the winds and the trees are able to love in some way of their own, for it would make us know that they were happy if we knew that they could love. And so God who is the greatest and happiest of all beings is the most loving too. All the love that is in our hearts comes from him, as all the light...
Page 114 - I wish to write about things I do not understand. Who made the earth and the seas, and everything ? What makes the sun hot? Where was I before I came to mother? I know that plants grow from seeds which are in the ground, but I am sure people do not grow that way. I never saw a child-plant. Little birds and chickens come out of eggs. I have seen them. What was the egg before it was an egg ? Why does not the earth fall, it is so very large and heavy ? Tell me something that Father Nature does. May...
Page 117 - Jesus says ; and so He loved men Himself ; and though they were very cruel to Him, and at last killed Him, He was willing to die for them, because He loved them so ; and, Helen, He loves men still, and He loves us, and He tells us that we may love Him. "And so love is everything; and if anybody asks you, or if you ask yourself what God is, answer, ' God is love ! ' That is the beautiful answer that the Bible gives.
Page 116 - ... am that you are so happy and enjoying your home so very much. I can almost think I see you with your father and mother and little sister, with all the brightness of the beautiful country about you, and it makes me very glad to know how glad you are. I am glad also to know, from the questions which you ask me, what you are thinking about. I do not see how we can help thinking about God when He is so good to us all the time. Let me tell you how it seems to me that we come to know about our heavenly...
Page 115 - Jakey loved his Father in heaven more because his other father was unkind to him? How did God tell people that his home was in heaven? When people do very wrong and hurt animals and treat children unkindly God is grieved, but what will he do to them to teach them to be pitiful and loving?
Page 116 - He has made it. He gives it to you as the sun gives light and color to the rose; and we are always most glad of what we not merely see our friends enjoy, but of what we give them to enjoy,— are we not? But GOD does not only want us to be happy; He wants us to be good. He wants that most of all. He knows...
Page 119 - God tells us in our hearts that he is our Father. That is what we call conscience, — God's voice in our hearts. You say that you try to do what is right in order to please your teacher, and you ask whether that is conscience. But what is it that makes you want to please your teacher? Why do you want to show her that you love her? Why do you love her? It is God in your heart that makes you grateful and makes you want to make other people happy. Your heart takes God into it as the flower takes in...
Page 119 - ... Bros., and may be found on p. 97 of Part I. in that volume. Her admiration for the impressive explanations which Bishop Brooks has given her of the Fatherhood of God is well known. In one of his letters, speaking of how God in every way tells us of his love, he says, "I think he writes it even upon the walls of the great house of nature which we live in, that he is our Father.
Page 116 - He gives it to you as the sun gives light and color to the rose; and we are always most glad of what we not merely see our friends enjoy, but of what we give them to enjoy. Are we not ? " But God does not only want us to be happy: he wants us to be good. He wants that most of all. He knows that we can be really happy only when we are good. A great deal of the trouble that is in the world is medicine which is very bad to take, but which it is good to take, because it makes us better. We see how good...

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