Signs of the Times

[Rev. W. J. Phillips, as quoted in the South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales]

Jesus, "when he walked the fields, drew from the flowers, and birds, and dew parables of God." We have the same eyes, ears, and faculties. We look at very much the same things, and live in the same world. And often we miss the royal presence before whom even royalty bows. It is not because we are not in contact. It is because we have not cultivated the art of communion. One of the secrets of Jesus' power lay in the fact that he saw so much in the commonplace as to make it uncommonly sacred. He read divine messages of God scattered abroad on the fields of human life, and none of them fell on stony ground. He saw something of God each hour of the twenty-four—in the faces of men, women, and children. And when God is so near to a man as that, and the results are so obvious, we are constrained to say, O God, give to me some measure of "the mind of Christ."

January 7, 1928

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