found the rest and repose which he needed, inthe holy endearments of a congenial familycircle; — the nearest approach, for him who" had not where to lay his head," to the warmheartiness of home.That house is now the house of mourning.Let us visit it in the company of Jesus ; andlet us observe how he is received there, andhow his presence cheers the gloom.The sisters, Martha and Mary, greet himwith the same pathetic salutation, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died."And this might seem to indicate an entire simi-larity in their sorrow. But if we look a littlecloser, we see a striking difference of demeanour,corresponding to the manifest difference of theircharacters generally. And this difference ismarked in our Lord's different treatment of them. In every view, this record of sisterlyaffection is an interesting study. We maylearn from it, on the one hand, how much same-ness there is in grief, as also, how much variety;and, on the other hand, how much compass thereITHEIR COMMO GRIEF. 11is in the consolation of Christ, as capable of being adapted to all varieties of grief — ^to grief of every mould and of every mood. I speak chiefly throughout of the grief of true Christians ;for I am surely warranted in assuming that,notwithstanding their great contrast in respectof natural teniperament, the two sisters werepartakers of the same grace.