Tokens of God's love!
(Letters of John Newton)
Trials no less than comforts — are the tokens of God's love! All is regulated by infinite wisdom. You will find cause to praise Him even for the severe afflictions.
Cisterns must be broken — but the fountain of living waters is always full and always flowing!
Gourds must wither — but the tree of life has shade and fruit sufficient for us all, and at all times!
Creatures must die — but the Lord lives!
Creatures are like candles; while they burn — they waste away, and when they are extinguished, those who depend upon them are covered with darkness. But the Lord is a Sun to His people, and His bright beams can well supply the lack of the candlelight of creature comforts!
"Trials make the promise sweet,
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low and keep me there!"