May 03, 2011

Is it dark?

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"The glare of human joy hides from our sight ten thousand blessings which we cannot see until it grows dark about us. And it would be a dire loss to live through all our days and never see these blessings. There are hundreds of Bible words which seem pale and without meaning in the time of earthly gladness, but which come out bright and shining like stars when the darkness comes on. You have no need for divine comfort when you had no sorrow; and a great part of the Bible was as yet an unopened book to you, for a large portion of it consists of comfort for those in trouble. But when the sorrow came, the words flashed out like stars at night, unseen by day. Thus we learn the meaning of the beatitude, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We lose some joys, but we find others that were hidden in the light of those we lost. Where earth’s tapers burned with only flickering light, heaven’s lamps now shine. Where the human face shone in its gentle grace, the face of Christ now looks upon us in its divine yearning. Where we leaned upon a human arm, often trembling, at last broken, we find now, instead, the everlasting arm. Thus when we abide in Christ the light of his love is revealed as human joys pale. The deeper the earthly darkness, the richer are the divine comforts which are given to us, enabling us to be of good cheer whatever the tribulation."



~ J.R. Miller

4 comments:

  1. Mrs. Santos,

    Interesting quote. I only hope that if I ever have to face a major tragedy that I can look upon God and His word as truly a source of hope and not just "mere words" written across the page.

    By the way, you might want to visit my blog today. I think that you might like this particular blog post. :)

    Blessings,

    -L. Rose

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  2. Lady Rose~ you're the best. Thank you for always visiting and commenting. I love comments. And thank you for your blog post. It made me so happy that you were happy.

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  3. This is a beautiful quote, I especially liked this part:

    There are hundreds of Bible words which seem pale and without meaning in the time of earthly gladness, but which come out bright and shining like stars when the darkness comes on.

    I have found this to be true in my own life.

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  4. Michele ~ That is the exact part of the quote that I liked best too. It has been true in my own life. God is so good how He is always revealing to us more and more truth as we seek Him

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