Joy and Strength 05/16

My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my hearty and my portion for ever.
Ps. Ixiii. 26.

O, LITTLE heart of mine! shall pain
Or sorrow make thee moan,
When all this God is all for thee,
A Father and thine own?
Frederick W. Faber.

MAKE allowance for infirmities of the flesh, which are purely physical. To be fatigued, body and soul, is not sin; to be in “heaviness” is not sin. Christian life is not a feeling; it is a principle: when your hearts will not fly, let them go, and if they “will neither fly nor go,” be sorry for them and patient with them, and take them to Christ, as you would carry your little lame child to a tender-hearted, skilful surgeon. Does the surgeon, in such a case, upbraid the child for being lame?
Elizabeth Prentiss.

When you feel ill and indisposed, and when in this condition your prayer is cold, heavy, filled with despondency, and even despair, do not be disheartened or despairing, for the Lord knows your sick and painful condition. Struggle against your infirmity, pray as much as you have strength to, and the Lord will not despise the infirmity of your flesh and spirit.
Father John

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