The consolations of Christ

(John MacDuff, "Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains")

"Is there no Balm in Gilead?
 Is there no Physician there?"

Jeremiah 8:22

There is not a wounded bosom on earth for which
there is not Balm in Gilead, and a Physician there.
Christ is "the God of all consolation." He has . . .
  a remedy for every evil;
  an antidote for every sorrow;
  a cordial for every fainting heart;
  a hand of love to wipe every weeping eye;
  a heart of tenderness to sympathize with every sorrowful bosom;
  an arm of power to protect;
  a rod of love to chasten;
  immutable promises to encourage on earth;
  an unfading crown to bestow in heaven;
  strength to bestow in the hour of weakness;
  courage in the hour of danger;
  faith in the hour of darkness;
  comfort in the hour of sorrow;
  victory in the hour of death!

What are the world's consolations in comparison
to this? Test them in the time when they are needed
most, and they will be found to be the first to give
way; broken reeds; the sport of every tempest that
desolates the heart.

O tempest tossed one, Jesus is your Balm!

The consolations of Christ are those alone which
are independent of all times and circumstances;
all vicissitudes and changes; which avail alike . . .
  in prosperity and adversity,
  in joy and sorrow,
  in health and sickness,
  in life and death.

The drearier the desert, the sweeter and more
refreshing are the streams of consolation of
which He calls us to partake.