August 26

The heavenly lodestone

“Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with” (John 4:11).
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).

The greatest compliment you can pay to man or woman is to say that they attract without adornment. There are some who would reveal their birth in any garb—in the meanest, in the poorest. You might clothe them in rags; you might lodge them in hovels; you might surround them with the humblest furniture, but their speech would betray them to be “not of Galilee.” They have nothing to draw with, but they themselves draw.

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