We are living in the "wireless age," when the known flight of electric impulse through the vastness of space gives us firmer foothold for faith, since it makes a limited sense of the amplitude of Truth's redemptive radition seem the more incongruous and out of keeping. We are being impelled to give greater compass to our confidence and expectation that, in the measure of our faithfulness and consistency, truth and goodness will run and be glorified.

Again and again the "thus far . . . and no farther" of mortal sense has been swept aside by some pioneer thought, and we have been reminded thereby of the protest which the prophets and sages entered against the narrowness of the human concept of Truth's power to illumine and to overcome. They were ever calling men to come up into the mount of vision, to rejoice in the limitless possibilities of the rule of Life and Love here and now. Thus Isaiah appealed to Israel, saying: "Lift up thine eyes." "For, behold, . . . the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. . . . A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time." What a rebuke is this to the weakness of that self-depreciating concept of our authority and power as the exponents of Truth, which makes us yield to the temptation to droop and be discouraged, when we should be rejoicing as one who in the midst of a yet abounding darkness perceives the sure promise of approaching day.

March 2, 1912

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