Friday, April 29, 2016

Clark: the school of happiness

Friday, April 29, 2016
    Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.
    —Psalm 145:9 (ESV)
    Among Christians so much prominence has been given to the disciplinary effects of sorrow, affliction, bereavement, that they have been in danger of overlooking the other and more obvious side: that by every joy, by every favor, by every sign of prosperity—yea, and by these chiefly—God designs to educate and discipline His children. This one-sided view of the truth has made many morbid, gloomy Christians, who look for God’s hand only in the lightning and never think of seeing it in the sunlight.
    ... F. E. Clark (1851-1927), included in Leaves of Gold, Evan S. Coslett & Clyde Francis Lytle, ed. [1948], Honesdale, Pa.: Coslett Publishing Company, 1938, p. 84 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 107:8; 65:9-13; 145:9; Nahum 1:7; Matt. 5:44-45; Acts 14:17; 17:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, as You cause me to be sorrowful for my sins, You fill my heart with gladness at my salvation.
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