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Our work is done in the valley

Cover of Kingsley’s Daily Thoughts

Today's Devotional

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead—Mark 9:9 (NIV).

The disciples had to come down from the Mount [of Transfiguration] to do Christ’s work, and so have we. Believe me, one word of warning spoken to keep a little child out of sin, one crust of bread given to a beggar because he is your brother for whom Christ died, one angry word checked on your lips for the sake of him who was meek and lowly of heart, the smallest endeavor to lessen the amount of evil which is in yourselves and those around you is worth all the speculations, and raptures, and visions, and frames, and feelings in the world; for these [actions] are the good fruits of faith, whereby alone the tree shall be known whether it be good or evil.

About the author and the source

Charles Kingsley (1819–1875) is recognized for his novels Westward Ho! and Hereward the Wake (among others) and his children’s story The Water Babies. A churchman, he wove Christian themes throughout all his books. After his death, his wife Fanny compiled a thought for each day of the year from his publications and manuscripts.

Charles Kingsley from Village Sermons (1849) in Daily Thoughts, edited by Fanny Kingsley. Macmillan and Co., 1885.

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