What a rest is this

(John MacDuff, “Hospice of the Pilgrim” 1891)

What a rest is this for weary, burdened wayfarers!

…”Your heavenly Father!” With tender care What a rest is this
for the minute and lowly, He . . .
makes grass to grow for the cattle,
pencils the flower,
sculptures the snow wreath,
watches the sparrows fall,
and feeds the young ravens.

The unslumbering Shepherd keeps watch and
ward continually, whether under the infinite blue
of day, or under night with its starry galaxies.

Though mysteries and perplexities are on every
side, yet we can rely on the assurance that His are
no arbitrary dealings, swayed by caprice, marked
and misdirected by human blindness and ignorance;
but of unerring wisdom and of unchanging

everlasting love.

Mark the Savior’s words. They are not “My heavenly
Father;” but “your heavenly Father.” He would have
each child to know His individual, particular affection
and pity; and, despite baffling providences, to cleave
to the unforgetting love of God.

…”This is the resting place, let the weary rest.
This is the place of repose.” Isaiah 28:12

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(J.R. Miller, “The Shining Light” 1911)

“Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them: Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36

We see the Master at prayer in Gethsemane. It was here that He prepared for His Cross. We should notice that His refuge in His exceeding sorrow, was prayer; and that as the sorrow deepened, the refuge still was prayer. “Being in an agony — He prayed more earnestly.”

Just so, prayer is our only refuge in sorrow.

The lesson from the garden prayer, is that we should take . . .
all the hard things,
insufferable pains,
bitter griefs of our lives
— to God in prayer.

We may be sure, too, that God will answer. If He does not relieve us of the suffering — He will strengthen us so that we can keep it, and still go on trusting and singing!

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