Joy and Strength 02/05

Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isa. xli. 1O.

Do like a child and lean and rest
Upon thy Father’s arm;
Pour out thy troubles on His breast.
And thou shalt know no harm;
Then shalt thou by His hand be brought,
By ways which now thou knowest not.
Up through a well-fought fight,
To heavenly peace and light.
Paul Gerhardt

USE thy utmost endeavor to attain such a disposition of spirit that thou mayest become one with Me, and thy will may become so entirely conformed to My all-perfect will, that not only shalt thou never desire that which is evil, but not even that which is good, if it be not according to My will; so that whatever shall befall thee in this earthly life, from whatsoever quarter it may come, whether in things temporal or things spiritual, nothing shall ever disturb thy peace, or trouble thy quietness of spirit; but thou shalt be established in a firm belief that I, thine omnipotent God, love thee with a dearer love and take of thee more watchful care than thou canst for thyself.
St. Catharine of Siena

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