Monday, August 23, 2010

"All afflictions which tend to…bring the soul to God, keep up a life of communion with the Redeemer, make us sensible of the gracious influence of the Holy Spirit, spiritualize our affections, wean our hearts from a world from which we must soon part, and promote a more intimate acquaintance with that world in which we are shortly forever to dwell—are undeserving the name of afflictions! They are among the sweetest mercies of God! God removes earthly comforts—in order to make room for heavenly delights. He empties the soul of all creature-comforts—that He may fill it with Creator-mercies. We should embrace our afflictions, as affording the choicest proofs of divine love."

--Robert Hawker, "Zion's Pilgrim."

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