My heart feels for you, my dear friend, in your
deep, deep trial. This present world is a world
of sadness; but when we think of that world
which is to come, into which sorrow never enters,
and how soon we may be there, we may well
"rejoice in tribulation." Our "light affliction, which
is but for a moment, works for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
In all your sorrows, pour out your heart to the Man of sorrows.
He will bow down His ear and listen to all you say,
and will either remove or moderate your trial, and
give you strength to bear it.
Even this bitter draught He has given you to drink
shall result both in your good and His own glory.
Remember, not a sparrow falls upon the ground
without His guidance, and that the very hairs of
your head are all numbered. How much more has
this trying event been ordered and arranged
by Him who loves you!
Infinite wisdom has appointed the whole!
Never doubt that He loves you
when He the most deeply afflicts.
"When you go through deep waters and great
trouble, I will be with you. When you go through
rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you
walk through the fire, you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you."
May He lift up upon you the light of His countenance,
drawing you nearer to Himself, that you may see what
a tender, loving heart He has for you, and how deeply
and tenderly and considerately He cares for you, as if
there were not another poor sorrowful one to care
for on the face of the whole earth!
(adapted from Mary Winslow's, "Heaven Opened")