Not the cause but the cure

God is often faulted for creating a world full of suffering and evil. The issue is complex, both philosophically and theologically; but surely it is inappropriate to blame God for a problem He did not initiate, and [that is] in fact, one which He has sought to alleviate, at great cost to Himself. God sent His Son to inaugurate the Kingdom and to “destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). God is not the cause of suffering and sickness; He is its cure! Jesus’ ministry and death guarantee this.

–George Mallone

Published in: on 10/13/2011 at 18:30  Leave a Comment  

Scratches are inevitable

Sin has turned the world
from a paradise into a thicket,
there is no getting through
without being scratched.

–Thomas Boston

Published in: on 10/12/2011 at 22:43  Leave a Comment  

Joy and sorrow


Sorrow is one of the things that are lent, not given. Joy is given; sorrow is only lent. Sorrow is lent to us for just a little while that we might use if for eternal purposes. Then it will be taken away and everlasting joy will be our Father’s gift to us. So let us use this lent thing to draw us nearer to Christ; and let us use it to make us more tender to others.

–Amy Carmichael

Published in: on 10/12/2011 at 9:12  Leave a Comment  

Daring to trust and wait

Let us be so assured of the inexhaustible tenacity of His love as to dare to trust Him, though He slay us. And let us look forward to that august moment when He will give us a reason to all life’s discipline, with a smile that shall thrill our souls with ecstasy, and constrain sorrow and sighing to flee away forever.

–F.B. Meyer

Published in: on 10/11/2011 at 17:40  Leave a Comment  

Worth waiting for

God’s “afters” are worth waiting for. However dark the “now” is, there will be light enough in God’s “after” to explain the darkness. The very genius of Christianity consists in living in the dark “now,” with the hope of the “after” upon it.

–Campbell Morgan

Published in: on 10/11/2011 at 9:36  Leave a Comment  

Times of Upheaval

In times of upheaval, a voice from heaven says,
“Be still and know that I am God.”
It doesn’t say, “Be still and know why.”
In a distant day the gradual sacrament
of understanding may be offered to us.

–Ken Gire

Storms will come

The maxim of illusory religion runs thus: “Fear not; trust in God and he will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you;” that of real religion, on the contrary, is: “Fear not; the things you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you, but they are nothing to be afraid of.”

Jesus doesn’t offer us perfect health and massive wealth. What he does offer us is eternal life and a relationship with Himself, in which nothing can separate us from God’s love.

–John MacMurray

Published in: on 10/04/2011 at 17:44  Leave a Comment  

All sorrows healed

Earth has no sorrow

that heaven cannot heal.

–Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Published in: on 09/15/2011 at 2:04  Leave a Comment  

Morning must come

The night is long,
and dark, and stormy,
but the morning must come;
and oh what a sunrise
will it be!

–John Angell James
(1785 – 1859)

Like one bad night

From heaven even the most miserable life

will look like one bad night

at an inconvenient hotel.

–Theresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Published in: on 09/09/2011 at 3:22  Leave a Comment  

No unhealed sorrows

Earth has no sorrow
that heaven cannot heal.

–Thomas Moore
(1779 – 1852)

Published in: on 08/30/2011 at 2:59  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

When things go wrong

One act of thanksgiving
when things go wrong with us,
is worth a thousand thanks
when things are agreeable
to our inclinations.

–St. John of Avila (1500 – 1569)

He gets the last word

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.

–1 Peter 5:8-11 (The Message)

%d bloggers like this: