To Ponder:

Pithy gems from Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878

So completely was Jesus bent upon saving sinners by the sacrifice of Himself–that He created the tree upon which He was to die; and nurtured from infancy, the wicked men who were to nail Him to the accursed wood!

Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to His lips, drank it to its dregs–then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!

It is because we have such shallow views of God’s love–that we have such defective views of God’s dealings. We blindly interpret His providential dealings–because we so imperfectly read the engravings of His heart!

Seasons vary, circumstances change, feelings fluctuate, friendships cool, friends die–but Christ is ever the same!

Prayer is the pulse of the renewed soul–and the constancy of its beat is the test and measure of the spiritual life!

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