A balm for every wound, a cordial for every care
(John Angell James)

Some of the benefits of affliction, are that it . . .
   crucifies the world,
   mortifies sin,
   quickens prayer,
   extracts the balmy sweets of the promises,
   endears the Savior.
And to crown all, affliction directs the mind to that
glorious state where the days of our mourning shall
be ended—that happy country where God shall wipe
every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no
more sorrow or crying.

Nothing so composes the mind, and helps it to
bear the load of trouble which God may lay upon
it—as the near prospect of its termination.
In that one word, HEAVEN, genuine piety provides
a balm for every wound, a cordial for every care.