Our best Friend
(Anne Dutton's Letters on Spiritual Subjects)
Our best Friend, our sympathizing
has an inexpressible fellow-feeling with
us in all our
miseries of soul and body.
What wondrous grace is this!
It is a bright display . . .
of the Savior's goodness,
of His tender mercy,
of His love which passes knowledge!
We have in the love of Christ . . . .
a sweet soft bosom to rest our weary heads,
an open ear to all our requests,
a flowing heart to relieve us in difficulties,
and an almighty hand to supply all our needs.
No indulgent father--no compassionate mother
--nor countless numbers of them, were all their
affections united in one person--has or could have
a thousandth part of that sympathy to a beloved
sick child--which Jesus has with us, His sick children.
Yes, with us! though we are rebellious children!
For we are dear unto Him--ineffably dear children
from the infinity of His tender mercy; from His
all-endearing love, that has in it neither bottom,
nor bound, nor end!