own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. viii. 32.) He is your Father ; and, therefore, all that He does must he well. This will reconcile you to every trial, and sweeten every pain. Again, He is your Father ; and will you not feel it your greatest pleasure to do His willy not in some things, but in all things; not in great things merely, but also in each little work of life? Oh, cherish this idea, that God is, indeed, your Father ; and this will make every duty pleasant, and every burden light. Daily and 21 242 ECOURAGEMETS. hourly call this relationship to mind. For instance, is the Bible spread out before you? Say to yourself, " It is my Father s book ; it is His voice that speaks to me in it ; here He makes known to me exactly what he would have me do." Are you going to church? Let this thought be in your mind, " It is my Father s house. There will He be to meet me ; to hear all my wants ; to listen to my voice, as I pour out my thanks ; and to give me directions as to the course He would have me follow." Does affliction come to you? Comfort your- self with the feeling, '' It is my Father s rod : I will kiss it as it smites me." Are you called to some difficult work, which you plainly see to be your duty? Say to yourself, "It is my Father s business : 1 will cheerfully engage in it for His dear sake." Are your plans crossed and thwarted ? — ^^So my Father orders it : His will be done !"