The Joy of George MacDonald

George Macdonald River Image
“My Heart the Joy Inherits” (George MacDonald) by Jessica Coupé

Today’s Sabbath Day Thought comes from George MacDonald. He is best known for his children’s fantasy novels—The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie and At the Back of the North Wind—yet this Scottish author also wrote over fifty other books including books of sermons, poetry and novels. His works influenced C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L’Engle.

You can get his entire works—37 novels and innumerable poems—for less than $3 as an ebook. Most of his work is not read anymore—but hidden in some of his dullest novels (according to C.S. Lewis) are some rare treasures.  

This poem–“A Thanksgiving” written in 1850–describes his gratitude and joy for the thoughts given him.

“I Thank Thee, boundless Giver,
That the thoughts Thou givest flow

In sounds that like a river
All through the darkness go.
And though few should swell the pleasure,
By sharing this my wine,
My heart will clasp its treasure,
This secret gift of Thine.

“My heart the joy inherits,
And will oft be sung to rest;
And some wandering hoping spirit
May listen and be blest.
For the sound may break the hours
In a dark and gloomy mood,
As the wind breaks up the bowers 
Of the brooding sunless wood.”

Isn’t that lovely?  One reason George MacDonald wrote was to keep his large family from starvation.  Here we find one of his other reasons—that other hearts might inherit the joy that was in his.  

As you listen to the divine river of thoughts today what life-giving thought does the Lord bring to your mind and how does it bless you as a result?