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Illness.

Illness.

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BY ANTHONY W. THOROLD, D.D.

" LORD, HE WHOM THOU LOVEST IS SICK."

IF we have not personally suffered
from it, we may have nursed others through
it, and we may well pity in strangers what
may presently befall ourselves. Of all
earthly trials, this, perhaps, more than any,
searches into the very tissues of our life;
yet it is no contradiction to say, that it is not
altogether a gloomy subject.
BY ANTHONY W. THOROLD, D.D.

" LORD, HE WHOM THOU LOVEST IS SICK."

IF we have not personally suffered
from it, we may have nursed others through
it, and we may well pity in strangers what
may presently befall ourselves. Of all
earthly trials, this, perhaps, more than any,
searches into the very tissues of our life;
yet it is no contradiction to say, that it is not
altogether a gloomy subject.

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ILLNESS. BY ANTHONY W. THOROLD, D.D." LORD, HE WHOM THOU LOVEST IS SICK." IF we have not personally suffered from it, we may have nursed others through it, and we may well pity in strangers what may presently befall ourselves. Of all earthly trials, this, perhaps, more than any, searches into the very tissues of our life; yet it is no contradiction to say, that it is not altogether a gloomy subject. The architect of the Pharos, to secure to himself a lasting fame, and at the same time to execute a tyrant's orders, inscribed with ostentatious fidelity the name of Ptolemy IL on a coat of stucco, wdiile his own name was deeply cut into the marble underneath. The story may be mythical, but the analogy is evident. What the action of the atmosphere eventually pro-(13)
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14 THE YOKE OF CHRIST. duced on the crumbling plaster, the progress of time effects for the memory of man. A healthy mind soon sheds what disturbs its peace and interrupts its activity. " God has been good to me," is often the main impres-sion left on us, even after a long period of sorrow. And though some of life's troubles seem to leave a scar which never quite heals over, this does not often happen with ordinary illnesses. I might almost go so far as to say, that sometimes there is a kind of sad hap-piness in recalling the time, when, if we suf-fered, we were also comforted, when we were not alone, because the Father was with us.
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Results of The highest result of illness is illness, to reveal God and to endear man. The certain effect of it is to bring both God and man nearer ; and no one will deny, that as clay in the hands of a potter, so does the strongest of the sons of men on a sick-bed feel himself in the grasp of One who is stronger than he. There are many things which we can do, but we have not yet van-quished Death. There are many things we have learned, but who among us can analyze pain, or explain life? Many diseases will for ILLNESS. 15
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