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For I have satiated the weary soul, and every sorrowful soul, have I replenished. Jer. 31: 25.
Life's sorrows with inexorable power, Sweep desolating, o'er this mortal plain; And human Uves and hopes fly as the chaff. Borne from the whirlwind by the ripened grain; Ah ! when before that blast my hopes all flee. Let my soul calm itself, O Christ, in Thee. — Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ah, good friend: that soul Hath done with sadness, which knows Christ aright. — Matthew Arnold.
eVERY heart knows its own sorrow. Every heart has a history known only to the individual, and to Him to whom the secrets of all hearts are known. As in every home there is a closet with its skeleton, so in every soul there is a secret chamber in which are buried faded hopes and dead joys. There is a fearful loneliness in the lives of us all. Up and dowit life's dusty highways and through its excluded alleys, each man walks alone. As individuals we have personal transactions with God; as individuals we must know the joy of sins forgiven and the peace which passes all understanding; or as individuals we must feel the pains of sins crying for vengeance and of remorse which foretells the death that never dies. What a
fearful burden is sin! From our own heart and memory we may not escape. o sympathy of loved ones removes the load of sin. Only He who is mighty to save can ease the soul weighed down by sin.
I am poor and sorrowful; let Thy salvation, Oh God, set me up on high. Amen. Ps. 69: 29.
300 ROYAL MESSAGES 10-26 Fie was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. Luke 5: i.
Blue sea of the hills in my spirit I hear Thy waters, Gennesaret, chime on my ear; Where the lowly and just with the people sat down And thy spray on the dust of His sandals was thrown. And I pause on the goat-crags of Tabor to see The gleam of thy waters, O dark Galilee. — John Greenleaf Whittier.
CHE Sea of Galilee is one of the most sacred places in Palestine, for it rejoiced in the presence and submitted to the power of Jesus Christ. He trod these waters and they were as adamant beneath His feet. He commanded these waves and they obeyed His voice. He preached on its shores to the hungry multitudes. The very air seems charged with His words. This beautiful lake charms every sense. Even those who do not share its memories of Christ, feel an enthusiasm for it. But the thought of Christ's presence glorifies mountain, shore, and sea, and makes it the most interesting and beautiful
lake on earth. Jesus looked on its quiet beauty ; and stilled its wild waves ; and He glorified its rocky shores. On its shore men were called to be " fishers of men ; " in its waters Peter sank until Christ saved him from a watery grave; and on its shore, in the gray of the morning, Christ met His disciples after His resurrection. Hallowed forever are its sacred waters to every Christian.
The waters saw Thee, O God, the waters saw Thee, they were afraid; the depths also trembled. Thy way was in the sea, and Thy path in the great waters, and Thy footsteps were not known. Amen. Ps. 77: 16, 19.
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