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4. Natural examples of this truth can be found in every old castle ruin, which often defies centuries; and if it should be demolished, it is easier to break fresh rocks than such a wall. The cause of this is the rain, which, through its dissolving power, transforms certain parts of the stone into a limey-sticky mass, thereby combining the entire masonry over time, into a united mass.
5. And see, such it is synonymous with a man awakened by the laws of love! He is a building on a rock. The winds that come and hit the building, and make it dry and thirsty, are the noble desires to always more and more recognize the Author of all things, in order to grow in such knowledge in love for Him. The following downpours are the works that the thirsty gets to read. He eagerly sucks them into himself, and always becomes aware of how, through their influence, the still empty, unconnected crevices in him are gradually filled up and made into a unit; and the more the downpour falls on this building, the firmer will be the building after every downpour.
6. But of what a different effect are the winds and the downpour to the building which was built up in the depths on loose sands! When the winds blow and thump against the loose building and shake it, and then the flood-waters caused by the downpour come, the building is done with. For the winds crush the often already cracked walls, where the cracks and crevices are the bad consequence of the sandy soil; and then comes the waters, and it easily tears down the whole building and flushes it into some nearby stream, to its final ruin.
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