Tokens of God's love!
(Letters of John Newton)
Trials no less than comforts — are the tokens of God's love. All is regulated by His infinite wisdom. You will find cause to praise Him even for the severe afflictions.
Cisterns must be broken — but the fountain of living waters is always full and always flowing!
Gourds must wither — but the tree of life has shade and fruit sufficient for us all, and at all times!
Creatures must die — but the Lord lives!
Creatures are like candles; while they burn — they waste away; and when they are extinguished, those who depend upon them are covered with darkness. But the Lord is a Sun to His people, and His bright beams of consolation can well supply the lack of the candlelight of creature comforts!
"I know, O LORD, that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. May Your unfailing love be my comfort." Psalm 119:75-76