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[Northallerton (Yorkshire, England) News]

The most urgent need of the hour, writes the Rev. Henry Sloane Coffin, D.D., is for seers who, believing in the necessity and the possibility of a new world based on and pervaded by love, can dream it into pictures, as John on Patmos beheld and portrayed the holy city coming down from God out of heaven. Visions fire men's imaginations, kindle their hopes, enlist their loyalties, and call out their resolves. Let fancy, prompted by Christian love, play upon all the situations and circumstances of life you confront. Dream what a household's ways, a school's studies, a factory's work, a farm's life, a community's pleasures, a nation's influence, a church's ministry, would be like were they controlled by such love as was divinely commended to us on Calvary. Count no time wasted spent in building such castles in the air. Suppose they are in the air; that is where they should be, aloft and conspicuous; and gradually the foundations of many generations can be raised up to give them solid and substantial substructure. Such gleaming air castles on the horizon are of more actual worth to humanity than all the skyscraping steel edifices that house its present business. Nothing is comparable in value to the ideal made concrete in vision. Men must see what may be before they determine that it is so good that they will venture their all to make it come true.

[Suburban News and Herald, Cleveland, Ohio]

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August 3, 1918

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