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A Happy Release

A Happy Release

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But is passed from death unto life. — St. John v., 24.

But is passed from death unto life. — St. John v., 24.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 02, 2014
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A HAPPY RELEASE BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D. But is passed from death unto life. — St. John v., 24. A VERY dear friend of mine has just left this ** world behind him in his travels. He has gone beyond the reach of my vision. His fourscore years were spent in the sunshine of a consecrated life, and he constantly reminded me of a wheat- field whose grain had ripened and was ready for the reaper's sickle or scythe. When I heard that he had fallen asleep and could not be wakened ; that the voice of a loved one had called him, but he had not answered, I knew that he was enjoying repose after a hard day's work. His earthly life had suddenly become a reminiscence. He had gone elsewhere, had solved the great prob-lem, and was in the midst of scenes about which he had dreamed from his youth. He had discovered that the faith on which he builded was a surer
42 A HAPPY RELEASE 43 foundation than the bold headland which juts into the sea and which the storms of ages have not displaced. When I heard of his departure I was shocked, be-cause his absence would be a personal loss, but to my surprise my eyes were unwet with tears. He was glad that it was all over, and why should I not be also? I felt like congratulating the dear ones who were left, but their grief restrained me. And yet it was the right thing to do. The old idea of death, which has prevailed for so many generations that it has become a sad heirloom, put its finger on my lips, and I was dumb, but the larger confidence in immortality which of late has fallen upon the race like a refreshing shower prompted me to say that my friend had been wonderfully blessed by his transfer from the lower to the higher existence, from
the beauties of earth to the glories of heaven. I believe that one should be cheerful all through life, but especially so in advanced age. In our youth we have the world before us, but our capaci-ties, our faculties, are all undeveloped. We neither know what we are nor what we can do. Hardship is our schoolmaster, and only through our mistakes 44 HERALD SERMONS do we learn how to live. We put pleasure, excite-ment, perhaps passion, to the test, and find at last that the soul is still hungry and unsatisfied. When we reach middle life we become philosophers and logicians. We pass from the radiant realm of imagi-nation into the domain of reality, and for the first time know how to live in order to make the most and the best of life. By that time our whole out-look and our whole inlook have changed. The inner man has matured, while the body suffers de-cadence. The one has learned wisdom. The other

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