|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
fact, of their having had their moment, a possibility comparatively
poor. It was as if they had met for all time--it exerted on their
being in presence again an influence so prodigious. When she
watched herself, in the memory of that night, walk away from him as
if she were making an end, she found something too pitiful in the
primness of such a gait. Hadn't she precisely established on the
part of each a consciousness that could end only with death?
It must be admitted that in spite of this brave margin an
irritation, after he had gone, remained with her; a sense that
presently became one with a still sharper hatred of Mr. Buckton,
who, on her friend's withdrawal, had retired with the telegrams to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
intellect may know its directions in the day of trouble and the heart may
hope for better things. By faith we begin, by hope we continue.
This passage contains excellent doctrine and much comfort. It declares that
we are justified not by works, sacrifices, or ceremonies, but by Christ alone.
The world may judge certain things to be ever so good; without Christ
they are all wrong. Circumcision and the law and good works are carnal.
"We," says Paul, "are above such things. We possess Christ by faith and in
the midst of our afflictions we hopefully wait for the consummation of
You may say, "The trouble is I don't feel as if I am righteous." You must
not feel, but believe. Unless you believe that you are righteous, you do
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Collection of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter:
down pig-stye. There was a strong
door, which was shut and locked.
The setting sun made the window
panes glow like red flame; but the
kitchen fire was not alight. It was
neatly laid with dry sticks, as the
rabbits could see, when they peeped
through the window.
Benjamin sighed with relief.
But there were preparations upon
the kitchen table which made him