Friend and Companion

(Octavius Winslow, “None Like Christ”)

“There is a friend who sticks closer
than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

There is no friend like Christ!

No love soothes,
and no smile gladdens,
no voice cheers,
and no arm supports
—like His.

Jesus is the . . .Friend and Companion
all powerful,
ever present
Friend and Companion of
your homeward path to God.

“O Jesus! You have ever been—you are
—and you shall ever be—my Friend.

In adversity—I will hide beneath Your sheltering wing.

Because In sorrow—I will nestle within Your loving bosom.

In weakness—I will entwine around Your upholding arm.

And In need—I will run to Your boundless resources.

In sickness, in languor, in suffering—I will enfold around
me Your all divine, all pervading, all soothing sympathy!”

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(Octavius Winslow, “Day Breaking”)

“God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning
or crying or pain.” Revelation 21:4

What a cluster of sweet hopes is here! What
a collection of bright beams throwing, in focal
power, their splendor over that cloudless day.

Child of solitude and sorrow! sick ones dear to
Christ! bereaved mourners! hear these precious
words–and let music break from your lips!

You know how the mother comforts her sorrowing
babe. See how God will comfort His. God will dry
your tears!

Will God Himself wipe my tears away?

Yes, child of grief, there will be no more weeping
then, for, O ecstatic thought! “
God will wipe every
tear from their eyes!” O kind and condescending

No more frustrated plans,
bitter disappointments,
withered hopes,
corroding cares,
will mingle with the deep sea of bliss, now
pouring its tide of joyousness over the soul.

“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:17

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