A flowery path?
(J. C. Philpot, "Treasures
of Darkness" 1853)
Does the road to heaven lie across a smooth,
grassy meadow, over which we may quietly
walk in the cool of a summer evening, and
leisurely amuse ourselves with gathering of
flowers and listening to the warbling of the birds?
No child of God ever found the way to heaven
a flowery path. It is the wide gate and
way which leads to perdition. It is the strait
gate and narrow way, the uphill road, full of . . .
which leads to heaven, and issues in eternal life.
But our Father manifests mercy and grace. He never
leaves nor forsakes the objects of His choice. He . . .
fulfills every promise,
defeats every enemy,
appears in every difficulty,
richly pardons every sin,
graciously heals every backsliding,
and eventually lands them in eternal bliss!