Following is an excerpt from my morning devotions. I am reading through some selected writings of George MacDonald (1824-1905), friend of Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tenneyson and mentor to Lewis Carroll author of Through the Looking Glass (better known as Alice in Wonderland). His words fit nicely with my morning Bible reading and I thought you would enjoy discovering their connection for yourself. Here is the passage from Rev. MacDonald:

Now the foreseen horror has come. Our Lord is drinking the dreadful cup, and the Father’s will has vanished from His eyes. Were that will visible in His suffering, His will could bow with tearful gladness under the shelter of its grandeur. But now His will is left alone to drink the cup of the Father’s will in torture. In the sickness of this agony, the will of Jesus arises perfect at last; feeling abandoned and utterly alone, He will complete the mission for which he was sent to earth. This is the faith of the Son of God. God withdrew, as it were, so that the perfect will of the Son might arise and go forth to find the Father’s will.

But wherein or what can this glorious peak of faith have to do with the creatures who call themselves Christians, creeping about in the valleys, hardly knowing that there are mountains above them, except that they take offense at and stumble over pebbles washed across their path by glacier streams? I will tell you: We are and remain creeping, stumbling Christians when we look at ourselves and not at Christ, because we gaze at the marks of our soiled feet and the trial of our defiled garments instead of up at the snows of purity.

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Heb. 12:6-11

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. Heb. 12:28,29

And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation Heb. 13:22a
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