prev Devotional Classic of NOVEMBER 29 next

Don’t try to cage the things of God

Cover of Waterhouse’s Companions of the Way

Today's Devotional

Your judgments are like a great deep—Psalm 36:6 (NASB).

Ought we not to try to make our religion a much wider, quieter thing? Are we not exchanging the melodies of the free birds that sing in the forest glade, for the melancholy chirping of the caged linnet? It seems to me often as though we had captured our religion from a multitude of fair, hovering presences, that would speak to us of the things of God, caged it in a tiny prison, and closed our ears to the larger and wider voices.


Contemplate the story of the Incarnation day-by-day throughout the season of Advent in our latest publication, The Grand Miracle. Based on the writings of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, Dorothy Sayers, and others, each day’s reading offers a fresh look at the birth of Christ through the eyes of a modern author. Scripture, prayer, and full-page contemplative images complete each entry. 28 days, 64 pages. Preview the Devotional here.


About the author and the source

It was as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, that Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925) made his mark, directing the school and writing millions of words (including ghost stories that served as moral allegories). Elizabeth Hodgkin Waterhouse (1834–1918) came of a distinguished family of English Quakers, and compiled the anthology Companions of the Way with a strong current of Transcendentalism in it.

Arthur Christopher Benson in Companions of the Way, chosen and arranged by Elizabeth Waterhouse. London: Methuen and Co., 1908.

Subscribe to daily emails

Containing today’s events, devotional, quote and stories