Age is such a different thing in different natures! One man seems to grow more and more selfish as he grows older;
and in another the slow fire of time seems only to consume, with fine, imperceptible gradations, the yet lingering
selfishness in him, letting the light of the kingdom, which the Lord says is within, shine out more and more, as the
husk grows thin and is ready to fall off, that the man, like the seed sown, may pierce the earth of this world, and rise
into the pure air and wind and dew of the second life. The face of a loving old man is always to me like a morning
moon, reflecting the yet unrisen sun of the other world, yet fading before its approaching light, until, when it does
rise, it pales and withers away from our gaze, absorbed in the source of its own beauty. This old man, you may see,
took my fancy wonderfully, for even at this distance of time, when I am old myself, the recollection of his beautiful
old face makes me feel as if I could write poetry about him.
—George MacDonald, The Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood.
Key Words: Supplement, Qualities, Diligent, Blind, Godliness, Entrance
Keystone Verse: Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and
election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. (2 Peter 1:10)