Two precious jewels

(J.R. Miller, “The Glory of the Commonplace”)

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A beautiful story is told of a devout home in which were twin boys who were greatly beloved. In the absence of the father, both boys suddenly died. When the father returned, not knowing of the sorrow in his home, the mother met him at the door and said, “I have had a strange visitor since you went away.”

“Who was it?” asked the father, not suspecting her meaning.

“Five years ago,” his wife answered, “a friend lent me two precious jewels. But yesterday he came and asked me to return them to him. Therefore what shall I do?”

“Are they his?” asked the father, not dreaming of her meaning.

“Yes, they belong to him and were only lent to me.”

But “if they are his, he must have them again, if he desires.”

Therefore leading her husband to the boys’ room, the wife drew down the sheet, uncovering the lovely forms, as white as marble.

“These are my two precious jewels,” said the mother. “Five years ago God lent them to me, and then yesterday He came and took them back again.”precious jewels.

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“Going a little farther, He fell with his face to the ground and prayed: My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will–but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

“O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it–may Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42

Therefore, “May the Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21:14

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