Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Above All Things Put On Charity

Think gently of the erring;
And let us not forget,
However darkly stained by sin,
He is our brother yet.

Heir of the same inheritance,
Child of the self-same God;
He hath but stumbled in the path,
Which we in weakness trod.

Speak gently to him, brother.
Thou yet may'st lead him back,
With holy words, and tones of love,
From mis'ry's thorny track.

Forget not, thou hast often sinn'd,
And sinful yet must be;
Deal gently with the erring one,
as God has dealt with thee.
              ~Anonymous   (Found in The Rescue of Jessica's Mother on 
                                                    London Bridge,1867)

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