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[April 13]
That...we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18
THE saints have indeed in every sorrow and grief a blessed consolation of which the world is wholly in ignorance. None but the child of God can know it. What is this consolation?...It is the gentle whisper of hope and love and courage when heart and flesh are almost failing. This is the divine consolation, the only consolation that has in it any virtue of healing or refreshment. It is reserved alone for those noble souls who are faithfully bearing the burden and heat of the day in the service of the King of kings; while those who listlessly drift with the current of the world and the downward tendencies of the carnal nature can never have an intimation of its sweetness. Z'15-345 R5803:1 (Hymn 328)