‘How would you [make orphanages useless]?’

‘I would merely enlighten the hearts of childless people as to their privileges.’

‘Which are?’

‘To be fathers and mothers to the fatherless and motherless.’

‘I have often wondered why more of them did not adopt children. Why don’t they?’

‘For various reasons which a real of child nature would blow to the winds — all comprised in this, that such a child would not be their own child. As if ever a child could be their own! That a child is God’s is of rather more consequence than whether it is born of this or that couple. Their hearts would surely be glad when they went into heaven to have the angels of the little ones that always behold the face of their Father coming round them, though they were not exactly their father and mother.’

~ George MacDonald in Robert Falconer



Waking Up to Love

Some as they approach middle age, some only when they are old, wake up to understand that they have parents.

To some the perception comes with their children;
to others with the pang of seeing them walk away light-hearted out into the world,
as they themselves turned their backs on their parents;
they had been all their own, and now they have done with them!

Less or more have we not all thus taken our journey into a far country?

But many a man of sixty is more of a son to the father gone from the earth, than he was while under his roof.

What a disintegrated mass were the world,
what a lump of half-baked brick,
if death were indeed the end of affection!

   ~ George MacDonald in Home Again