Glued to the world

James Meikle, "A Periodic Interview
 with the King of Terrors" May 1, 1771)

"God disciplines us for our good, that we may
 share in his holiness." Hebrews 12:10 (NIV)

It is common to complain of the troubles of life; yet
they are kindly designed to loosen our affections from
the world. If our life were all clear sunshine, without
care or confusion, jar or contention, disappointment
or pain--how would we be glued to the world, and
cemented to the things of time--since amidst all the
disasters which occur, we are still so attached to the
transitory things!