Our restlessness in this world seems to indicate that we are intended for a better. We have all of us a longing after happiness; and surely the Creator will gratify all the natural desires he has implanted in us.
Whenso my quick, light-sandaled
Bring me where Joys and Pleasures meet,
I mingle with their throng at will;
They know me not an alien still,
Since neither words nor ways unsweet
Of stored bitterness I spill;
Youth shuns me not nor gladness fears,
For I go softly all my years.
He hath swallowed up death
forever; and the Lord Jehovah will wipe
away tears from off all faces.
—Isaiah 25. 8.
Loving Father, help me to guard my inclinations. May I be able to appreciate that though I may be restless from ambition, I also may be restless through discontent. Correct my life, that my desires may meet the true demands of my soul. Strengthen me with the power of calmness, that “I may go softly all my years,” even though I walk through the bitterness of sorrow. Amen.
Jeremy Taylor died 1667.
Dr. William Wotton born 1669.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward born 1844.
Elizabeth Prentiss died 1878.
Sir John Millais died 1896.
Feeling the way—and
all the way up hill;
But on the open summit, calm and still,
The feet of Christ are planted; and they stand
In view of all the quiet land.
Feeling the way—and
if the way is cold,
What matter? since upon the fields of gold
His breath is melting; and the warm winds sing
While rocking summer days for him.
—Elizabeth S. Phelps.
All the performances of human
art, at which we look with praise and
wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance.
But abide thou in the things
which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.
—–2 Timothy 3. 14.
My Lord, I would remember to ask thee this morning for that of which I seem to have most need. May I have the will to keep my patience and realize the untold power of my words and actions. Give me thy peace, not only to rest in, but that I may have it to give to others. Amen.
Dr. Meric Casaubon born 1599.
Dr. Charles Button born 1737.
Walter Besant born 1836.
Ernest Thompson Seton born 1860.
Florence Nightingale died 1910.
I count this thing to be grandly
That a noble deed is a step toward God;
Lifting the soul from the common clod
To a purer air and a broader view.