All honey would harm
("The Mute Christian
Under the Smarting Rod"
or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes"
Thomas Brooks, 1659, London.)
"Weeping may endure for a night--but
joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5
Their mourning shall last but until morning.
God will turn . . .
their winter's night into a summer's day,
their sighing into singing,
their grief into gladness,
their mourning into music,
their bitter into sweet,
their wilderness into a paradise.
The life of a Christian is filled up with interchanges of
sickness and health,
weakness and strength,
want and wealth,
disgrace and honor,
crosses and comforts,
miseries and mercies,
joys and sorrows,
mirth and mourning.
All honey would harm us; all
wormwood would undo
us--a composition of both is the best way to keep our
souls in a healthy constitution. It is best and most for
the health of the soul--that the warm south wind of
mercy, and the cold north wind of adversity--do both
blow upon it. And though every wind which blows,
shall blow good to the saints; yet certainly their sins
die most, and their graces thrive best, when they
are under the frigid, drying, nipping north wind of
calamity, as well as under the warm, nourishing south
wind of mercy and prosperity.