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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
Not every Christian seems able to enter into
Faber's adoration of the will of God. Many
good people think always of this will as some-
thing painful, something hard and bitter. When
they say, in the petition of The Lord's Prayer,
"Thy will be done," they put a shudder into
the words as if a ploughshare were being
driven through their very heart. They have
learned to think that God's will means always
a sorrow, the death of a loved one, the loss of
property, the enduring of some sore trial. The
words suggest to them always a cross of some
kind.
Not every Christian seems able to enter into
Faber's adoration of the will of God. Many
good people think always of this will as some-
thing painful, something hard and bitter. When
they say, in the petition of The Lord's Prayer,
"Thy will be done," they put a shudder into
the words as if a ploughshare were being
driven through their very heart. They have
learned to think that God's will means always
a sorrow, the death of a loved one, the loss of
property, the enduring of some sore trial. The
words suggest to them always a cross of some
kind.

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SWEET WILL OF GOD.BY J. R. MILLER I worship thee, sweet Will of God, And all thy ways adore ; And every day I live, I seem To love thee more and more. I love to kiss each print where thou Hast set thine unseen feet. I cannot fear thee, blessed Will, Thine empire is so sweet. I have no cares, O blessed Will, For all my cares are thine ; I live in triumph, Lord, for thou Hast made thy triumph mine. F. W. Faber. ot every Christian seems able to enter into Faber's adoration of the will of God. Many good people think always of this will as some- thing painful, something hard and bitter. When they say, in the petition of The Lord's Prayer, "Thy will be done," they put a shudder into the words as if a ploughshare were being 35
 
36 STREGTH AD BEAUTY. driven through their very heart. They have learned to think that God's will means always a sorrow, the death of a loved one, the loss of property, the enduring of some sore trial. The words suggest to them always a cross of some kind. But this is a wrong interpretation of the prayer. o doubt there are times when there must be a struggle between our will and God's, and when it costs much for us to yield. But this is not the exclusive nor even the ordinary meaning of the petition. Primarily, it is a prayer, not for the suffering, but for the active doing of the will of God. This is plainly the meaning of the petition in the form of words which our Lord gave to his disciples. It is a prayer that the will of God may become the law of our life, that we may learn to do it always. This em- braces all obediences, all duties, the whole of our common life. It includes all the sweet, happy experiences we have in our homes and among our friends, all the gladness of love, all the pleasures of social intercourse. It is a prayer that in all the varied conditions and cir- SfVEET WILL OF GOD." 37 cumstances of life we may do the things that will please God. There is nothing in this that is painful or hard. There is a secret of very sweet joy which is found always in the doing of God's will. It brings the approval of conscience — the bird that sings in the heart when one does
 
right. Then it insures to us the commendation and the companionship of God. It was Jesus himself who said, " The Father hath not left me alone ; for I do always those things that please him." Great gladness is found in the doing of God's will. Instead of meaning something bitter and sorrowful, it means the doing of things that should be easy and pleasant. The standard which is set for us in the prayer, as our Lord has given it to us, indicates in a very clear and remarkable manner that it is a  joyous thing to which we are summoned. We are taught to pray that the divine will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. How is the will of God done in heaven? Surely it does not there mean sorrow, loss, pain, sacrifice. The inhabitants of heaven are never called to 38 STREGTH AD BEAUTY. stand beside dying children or beside new-made graves, to give up out of their hands the treas- ures of love they prize more than life. There are no hard experiences to pass through, no sore struggles to endure in that happy land. There are no Gethsemanes in heaven, where amid strong cryings and tears the child of God must lie and agonize as he accepts the cup which the Father puts into his hand. There the will of God is always joyous and the doing of it always brings delight. The angels fly swiftly on the errands on which they are sent, doing with equal alacrity the most stupendous thing and the smallest ministries. It is told in the Koran that Gabriel was once sent earthward to save King Solomon from the sin of pride, and at the same time to help a toiling, weary yellow

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