The Great Danger

The great danger facing all of us … is not that we shall make an absolute failure of life, nor that we shall fall into outright viciousness, nor that we shall be terribly unhappy, nor that we shall feel [that] life has no meaning at all – not these things. The danger is that we may fail to perceive life’s greatest meaning, fall short of its highest good, miss its deepest and most abiding happiness, be unable to tender the most needed service, be unconscious of life ablaze with the light of the Presence of God – and be content to have it so – that is the danger: that some day we may wake up and find that always we have been busy with husks and trappings of life and have really missed life itself. For life without God, to one who has known the richness and joy of life with Him, is unthinkable, impossible. That is what one prays one’s friends may be spared – satisfaction with a life that falls short of the best, that has in it no tingle or thrill that comes from a friendship with the Father.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Sermons (1878)

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2 Comments on “The Great Danger”

  1. Tom Ferguson Says:

    A really nice post. Brings to mind C.S.Lewis and G.K.Chesterton!


  2. Tom Ferguson Says:

    Reading this post reminded me of G.K.Chesterton. And I thought of a short poem that he wrote. ‘THE DONKEY’ by G.K.Chesterton- “When fishes flew, and forests walked, and figs grew upon thorn. One moment when the moon was blood, then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry and ears like errant wings. The devils walking parody on all four footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, of ancient crooked will. Scourge, scorn, deride me, I am dumb. I keep my secret still. FOOLS! For I also had my hour, one far fierce hour and sweet. There was a shout about my ears, and palms beneath my feet.” (yeah)


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