The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Not Alone

I cannot be alone;
Where'er I go, I find,
Around my steps, the presence thrown
Of the Eternal Mind.

He lives in all my thoughts;
His home is in my heart;
There is no loneliness for me;
I never live apart.

I sometimes go from men,
Far in the silent woods;
But He is with me even then,
In shady solitudes.

The fellow of my walks,
Companion ever nigh,
He fills the solitary place,
With love and sympathy.

I cannot be alone,
Where'er I go, I find,
Around my steps, the presence thrown,
Of the Eternal Mind.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XXII.

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