Monday, February 14, 2011

Good Times, Bad Times, Gimme Some O' That

"For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" — Psalm 30:5.

Their mourning shall last but until morning. God will turn...
- their winter's night into a summer's day,
- their sighing into singing,
- their grief into gladness,
- their mourning into music,
- their bitter into sweet,
- their wilderness into a paradise.

The life of a Christian is filled up with interchanges of
- sickness and health,
- weakness and strength,
- want and wealth,
- disgrace and honor,
- crosses and comforts,
- miseries and mercies,
- joys and sorrows,
- mirth and mourning.

All honey would harm us
; all wormwood would undo us, a composition of both is the best way in the world to keep our souls in a healthy constitution. It is best and most for the health of the soul that the warm south wind of mercy, and the cold north wind of adversity do both blow upon it. And though every wind that blows, shall blow good to the saints, yet certainly their sins die most, and their graces thrive best, when they are under the frigid, drying, nipping north wind of calamity, as well as under the warm, nourishing south wind of mercy and prosperity.

Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod [Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, 2007], 9-10.

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