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deeply significant. We can see a person afar off, we can hear from him, we can become conscious that he is near by without having yet gone to him or having yet placed ourselves before him, so that he looks at us and we at him. So there are times in the life of the Christian when he feels impelled to have no rest until he finds God; until, after he has found Him, he has placed himself before Him; and standing before Him, seeks His face, and does not cease until he has met God's eyes, and the consciousness dawns full and clear that God looks him in the soul, and that he looks God in the eye of Grace. When this comes to pass, the mystery of grace discloses itself. 11

"MY SOLITARY ONE." When we consider how it may well be taken

people,

which to estimate them.

solitude affects as a standard by

This

is

shown most

strikingly in the case of the little child, who, on being left alone, first becomes frightened and then begins to cry. If less striking, with adults as a rule, courting solitude or shunning it is marked with sufficient clearness to suggest something of their character. Some embrace every opportunity to escape from busy surroundings and hide themselves in solitude, while others feel oppressed when they are alone, and only in company with others find themselves again. This shows itself in three ways. The most striking borrows its character from the choice that was made at the fork of the roads of good and evil. One must needs hide himself to do wrong. The evil One works by night. But 52

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 60

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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