‘Diary of an Old Soul’ by GMD

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January 25th, 2009

May I send you a gift copy of my favorite devotional book, worth a moment as you begin each morning with Bible study and prayer? It’s by George MacDonald, the Scottish writer and preacher whom C.S. Lewis called “my master.”

The book is Diary of an Old Soul, little seven-line poems dated for all 365 days in the year. Here’s one of my favorites…

“Things do go wrong. I know grief, pain, and fear.
I see them lord it sore and wide around.”
From her fair twilight answers Truth, star-crowned:
“Things wrong are needful where wrong things abound.
Things go not wrong; but Pain, with dog and spear,
False faith from human hearts will hunt and hound.
The earth shall quake ‘neath them that trust the solid ground.”
(September 13)

and another…

Too eager I must not be to understand.
How should the work the master goes about
Fit the vague sketch my compasses have planned?
I am his house – for him to go in and out.
He builds me now – and if I cannot see
At any time what he is doing with me,
‘Tis that he makes the house for me too grand.
(July 15)

I’d like you to have this little Christian classic if you’re interested. Send me an email with your postal address and a copy will be shipped to you. Thanks for spending some time today on Ananias.org.

The author can be reached at andrewsjk@aol.com

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