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God Is Forever Seeking Souls

Phillips Brooks

Today's Devotional

I do not know how any man can stand and plead with his brethren for the higher life … unless he is perpetually conscious that around them … there is the perpetual pleading and the voice of God himself. But if it be so, that God is pleading with every one of His children to enter into the highest life; if it be so, that God is making His application and His appeal to every soul to know Him, and in Him to know himself, then one may plead with earnestness and plead with great hopefulness before his brethren. And so it is. The great truth of Jesus Christ is that, that God is pleading with every soul, not merely in the words which we hear from one another, not merely in the words which we read from His book, but in every influence of life; and, in those unknown influences which are too subtle for us to understand or perceive, God is forever seeking after the souls of His children.

About the author and the source

It is as the author of the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” that Phillips Brooks (1835–1893) is usually remembered. However, he had also been an eloquent champion of the abolition of slavery in the United States, and a well-known and passionate moral reformer.

Phillips Brooks. Daily Thoughts from Phillips Brooks. Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company, 1893.

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