O how strange — that God should love a worm, a dung-hill worm!

(The following is an excerpt from the diary of James Smith)

August 28, 1857.
If some of my congregation knew me better — they would love me less!
Yet my heavenly Father . . .
  knows me well,
  favors me much,
  and loves me wonderfully!

O how strange — that God should love a worm, a dung-hill worm — one who . . .
  was bred in sin,
  loved sin,
  felt at home in sin, and
  at times felt regret that he was debarred from some sins!

O if God had left me to myself — what would I have been, and what would I have done!
But by the grace of God — I am what I am!" 1 Corinthians 15:10

Surely, surely, I must say, that divine love and wisdom have planned my path — from first to last.
I am . . .
  out of Hell,
  on the way to Heaven,
  employed by God,
  useful to saints, and
  a blessing to sinners!
O how wonderful, how wonderful is this!