John Gorham Palfrey had, by the time of the following writing, served as a Unitarian minister, Divinity School Professor, Congressmen, and noted Historian. The following excerpt is from his "Thoughts on Providence and Prayer: in a Letter to a Serious Doubter" published towards the end of his long and devoted life...
"To some it seems unworthy of God to attend to little things. Why ? Because great men cannot attend to little things. And why can they not? Simply because they are not great enough ; because of the limitation of their greatness j because of the imperfection of their power. Their power not being equal to doing all that is to be done, they must restrict themselves to a part; and since, from their greatness, the principal tasks in carrying on affairs fall to them, the inferior task's devolve on other and less competent agents, transferring to those inferior agents the associations that attach to the inferiority of the tasks. But the multiplicity and variety of action, to which the mightiest men are utterly unequal, is easily within the scope of infinite power. God, unlike the greatest of his creatures, can do the least and the greatest things alike, and do them all perfectly, and all at once. I decline to assent to the tame anthropomorphism which would teach me that any thing is too little for God's notice. I am compelled by the perfect reasonableness, while revelling in the joyous excitement, of the doctrine of Christianity on that subject. I conceive of God as so amazingly superior to us men in all that in one another we most admire, that he can do, and loves to do, all, little or great, that we can conceive of as worthy to be done ; as limited by no place, so that with his protecting care he can at this present moment be at once with me, and with my unknown fellow-man at the antipodes, and with my unimagined fellow-creature in the most distant orb that roils in space..."
Sunday, April 18, 2010
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