As though it had never been!
(From "Personal Declension and Revival of
Religion in the Soul" by Octavius Winslow)
Oh! how soon!
All that now loads the heart with care,
and brings it with sorrow; all that dims
the eyes with tears, and renders the day
anxious and the night sleepless, will be
as though it had never been!
Emerging from the entanglement, the
dreariness, the solitude, the loneliness
and the temptations of the wilderness,
you shall enter upon your everlasting rest,
your unfading inheritance, where there is
no sorrow, no declension, no sin; where
there is no sunset, no twilight, no evening
shadows, no midnight darkness; but, all is
one perfect, cloudless, eternal day; for Jesus
is the joy, the light and the glory thereof!