Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water,
and nobody knows what that is.

–D. H. Lawrence



Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Truth




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There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen:
it comes bubbling fresh from the imagination of the living God,
rushing from under the great white throne of the glacier. 
The very thought of it makes one gasp with an elemental
joy no metaphysician can analyse. 
The water itself, that dances, and sings, and slakes
the wonderful thirst--
symbol and picture of that draught for
which the woman of Samaria made her prayer to Jesus--
 
this lovely thing itself, whose very wetness
is a delight to every inch of the human body in its embrace-- 
this live thing which, if I might, I would have running through
my room, yea, babbling along my table--
 
this water is its own self, its own truth,
and is therein a truth of God.
 

George Macdonald (1824-1905)
Unspoken Sermons, Third Series


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