A Poem for the Ill (Toplady)

 Here are a few verses from a poem Augustus Toplady wrote for those suffering with sickness: Jesus, since I with thee am one; Confirm my soul in thee, And still continue to tread down The man of sin in me. Let not the subtle foe prevail In this my feeble hour Frustrate all the hopes …

Suffering and One Foot In Front of the Other

 For those of you who know what it means to go through a very hard trial, you probably understand sayings like this: "One day at a time," and "I'm just putting one foot in front of the other."  Trials and suffering are the mud and muck of life that slow you down, trip you up, …

Good That I Was Afflicted? (Newton)

Sometimes during a hard and heavy trial there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Just when you think the trial may be going away like a storm passing, just when you think the sun might finally be coming out, another dark cloud blows in and the trial is back …

Behind a Dark Providence

One big question that often comes up in the Christian life is, “Why is God letting this happen to me?”  Similarly, we ask what point trials, temptations, and tribulations have in our lives; it seems like they crush and hurt us, and when we’re in the middle of them, we struggle to stay afloat in …

Seasons, Harvest, Holiness

 Here's a good Lord's Day meditation by Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679). "As God makes use of all the seasons of the year for the harvest - the frost and cold of the winter, as well as the heat of the summer - so doth he, of fair and foul, pleasing and unpleasing providences, for …

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