by L. B. E. Cowman and Jim Reimann
“Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?” “Everything is all right,” she said. (2 Kings 4: 26)
Be strong, my soul!
Your loved ones go
Within the veil. God’s yours, e’en so;
Be strong, my soul!
Death looms in view.
Lo, hear your God! He’ll bear you through;
For sixty-two years and five months I had my beloved wife, and now, in my ninety-second year, I am left alone. But I turn to the ever present Jesus as I walk around my room, and say, “Lord Jesus, I am alone. Yet I am not alone, for You are with me and are my Friend. Now, Lord, please comfort me, strengthen me, and give to Your poor servant everything that You see I need.”
We should never be satisfied until we have come to the place where we know the Lord Jesus in this way— until we have discovered He is our eternal Friend— continually, under all circumstances, and constantly ready to prove Himself as our Friend.
Afflictions cannot injure when we blend them with submission.
Ice on trees will bend many a branch to the point of breaking. Similarly, I see a great many people bowed down and crushed by their afflictions. Yet every now and then I meet someone who sings in affliction, and then I thank God for my own circumstance as well as his. There is never a song more beautiful than that which is sung in the night. You may remember the story of a woman who, when her only child died, looked toward heaven as with the face of an angel and said, “I give you joy, my sweet child.” That solitary, simple sentence has stayed with me for many years, often energizing and comforting me.
~Henry Ward Beecher
E’en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief;
Death cannot long divide.
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall
Has blossomed on the other side?
Death does hide,
But not divide;
You are but on Christ’s other side!
You are with Christ, and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we.
Cowman, L. B. E.; Reimann, Jim (2008-09-09). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 450). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.Categories: spiritual