Wednesday, December 1, 2010

time into life...

The theme for December in James Freeman Clark's "Messages of Faith, Hope, and Love" is "Life Eternal," which, for Clarke, starts right now.

"THE problem of human existence may be stated thus, How can we change time into life ? In some men the mental, moral, and spiritual life and energy continue to increase so long as they remain in this world. While the body is growing old, mind and heart remain young: while the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed day by day.

Time cannot be detained; but, while it is passing, we may be able to change it into something which will last always,— that is, immortal or undying life, or what the Scriptures call eternal life. For immortal life, eternal life, means that kind of life which does not decay and change,— not future existence, but present fulness of being. Bodily life decays with years ; but all of immortal life we have within us will last unchanged, never growing old, never wearing out. Our business is to change the bodily existence, measured by time, into spiritual existence, belonging to eternity."


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