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Rejoice Alway

Rejoice Alway

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

And ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye
and your households. — Deuteronomy xii., 7.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

And ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye
and your households. — Deuteronomy xii., 7.

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REJOICE ALWAY BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D. And ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households. — Deuteronomy xii., 7. IT is just as much our duty to enjoy life as it is to * work or sleep. It is therefore very important that we should so arrange our lives that they will furnish the largest amount of enjoyment. I do not say that any one can be perfectly happy all the time, for no part of our discipline is more needed by the soul than that which comes from the trials and disappointments and even the profound sorrows through which we are forced to pass. One may even say that he who has never wept does not know the value of laughter, and that he who has not toiled along the hot and dusty road does not appreciate the bliss of sitting under the
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friendly branches of a tree, with a cool spring bubbling at his feet, for a short period of rest. 132 REJOICE AWAY 133 It is only when we are deprived of a blessing that we discover its worth, and he alone is grateful in its possession who knows what it is to get on without it. I have heard an aged saint say that no man can rightly define the word heaven until he stands by a new-made grave. One may sometimes see more
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through his tears than when looking through the largest telescope that was ever made. I do not ignore the serious or solemn side of life, but I assure you that if you add to the gloom by gloomy thoughts you not only make a mistake so far as your own comfort is concerned, but you are to that extent irreligious. On the other hand, when you preserve a cheerful attitude, when you brighten your life by dwelling on the good things you have, rather than on those you wish you had, and make yourself as happy as your circumstances allow, you are in the proper frame of mind to re-ceive religious truth, you are in accord with the eternal plan and have taken the first step in the direction of true religion. So long as you regard your environment as all wrong and unfitted to you, so long as you find fault because j^ou think you are not where you ought to 134 HERALD SERMONS
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