Patricia Hofer

“He of whom God thinks, lives”

GEORGE MACDONALD: “He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him”—Luke 20:38. “Shall God call himself the God of the dead, of those who were alive once, but whom he either could not or would not keep alive?… But our Lord says, “All live unto him.” With Him death is not. …The beloved pass from our sight, but they pass not from thine. This that we call death, is but a form in the eyes of men. It looks something final, an awful cessation, an utter change. It seems not probable that there is anything beyond. But if God could see us before we were, and make us after his ideal, that we shall have passed from the eyes of our friends can be no argument that he beholds us no longer. “All live unto Him.” …it is not against reason to hope that God could see Abraham, after his Isaac had ceased to see him; saw Isaac after Jacob ceased to see him; saw Jacob after some of the Sadducees had begun to doubt whether there ever had been a Jacob at all. He remembers them; that is, he carries them in his mind: he of whom God thinks, lives.” (George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, series 1, “The God of the Living”)

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