Category Archives: life

August Oranges

All little miniature beginnings but all “beautiful in their time,” like the dark green August oranges in the court below.  The fact that they have got thus far into being is more than a promise.  Like all the promises of … Continue reading

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Lesson of the Crab

“I had a beautiful day alone at Pescade, in a fresh little cave that we had never found before.  My sermon was from a little crab perched on a rock below, which matched his light-brown shell exactly.  He was just as alive and just … Continue reading

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“It is when the death of winter has done its work that the sun can draw out in each plant its own individuality, and make its existence full and fragrant.  Spiritual growth means something more than the sweeping away of … Continue reading

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Glimmer of Light

“In the garden there is an African ‘soldanella’ – not a real soldanella – only an African version of the same truth of the wonders that God can do in secret.  A garden border of a kind of thick matted grass, a … Continue reading

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Beauty on the Wing

“A flower that stops short at its flowering misses its purpose.  We were created for more than our own spiritual development; reproduction, not mere development, is the goal of matured being – reproduction in other lives.”     Parables of … Continue reading

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The Baby Moon

The baby new moon was hanging in the sunset tonight like a boat for the little angels – so the battle month is over again.  This has come with a flood of fresh inspiration to hope.   11 February 1896  A … Continue reading

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Endless Expansion

There is a wonderful sense of expansion – endless expansion – about our love for those who are gone, as if it had escaped earthly fettering.  The pain of the parting is just the rending of the sheath, as it … Continue reading

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Saved to Save

“We ourselves are ‘saved to save’ – we are made to give – to let everything go if only we may have more to give.”                               … Continue reading

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He Who Inhabits Eternity

We have to do with One who ‘inhabiteth eternity’ and works in its infinite leisure. Some years ago, when a new railway cutting was made in East Norfolk, you could trace it through the next summer, winding like a blood-red … Continue reading

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February Flowers

“The spring flowers that stand all about my room in Arab pots of green and yellow earthenware bring a very real revelation of Him, ‘by whom were all things created.’  The clear happiness of the daisies and the radiant shout … Continue reading

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