[The Universalist Leader.]

The world forgets that in order to have a religion of character and conduct we must have something else. Righteousness is not a passive virtue. If one is to deny himself, take up his cross of sacrifice, become the servant of truth, the apostle of love, the minister of mercy, the prophet of things to come, he must have meat to eat of which the world knows nothing. He must believe that these things have an eternal worth, are something more than shadows cast by passing man against the background of eternal nothingness. What is it that makes Abraham the father of the faithful, the perpetual prophet of the unseen? Is it not that in us there is something that answeres the call of Abraham, and sends us also forth in search of the city of God? The hand of truth that marks off the moral hours upon the face of the centuries has not moved between Abraham's time and ours, measured by soul experiences. It points us to the unseen and the eternal. It sets our feet keeping time to the music of undiscovered harmonies of life. We, too, are searching for the city of God, for the land and the people where righteousness is the law and love the power which move all the wheels of society. We, too, believe in the unseen, and go forth as those who are seekers after the invisible.

[Rev. Percy C. Ainsworth in The Methodist Times.]

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