A weeping band?

(by John MacDuff)

"The days of your mourning shall be ended."
    Isaiah 60:20

Christ's people are a weeping band, though
there be much in this lovely world to make
them joyous and happy. Yet when they think
of their sin, need we wonder at their tears
in their pilgrimage in this "valley of tears?"

Bereavement, sickness, poverty, and death
follow the track of sin, adding to their
mourning experience; and with many of
God's best beloved, one tear is scarce
dried when another is ready to flow!

Mourners! rejoice! When the reaping time
comes, the weeping time ends! When the
white robe and the golden harp are bestowed,
every remnant of the sackcloth attire is removed.

The moment the pilgrim, whose forehead is here
furrowed with woe, bathes it in the crystal river
of life; that moment the pangs of a lifetime of
sorrow are eternally forgotten!

Reader! if you are one of these careworn ones,
the days of your mourning are numbered! A few
more throbbings of this aching heart, and then
shall sorrow, and sighing, and mourning, "be
no longer!"

"The days of your mourning shall be ended."
    Isaiah 60:20