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Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

~ Eph 3:15

One family, we dwell in Him;  
One church above, beneath;  
Though now divided by the stream,
The narrow stream of death.  

One army of the living God,  
To His command we bow:  
Part of His host has crossed the flood,  
And part is crossing now.  
~ C. WESLEY

Let us, then, learn that we can never be lonely or forsaken in this life. Shall they forget us because they are “made perfect”? Shall they love us the less because they now have power to love us more? If we forget them not, shall they not remember us with God? No trial, then, can isolate us, no sorrow can cut us off from the Communion of Saints. Kneel down, and you are with them; lift up your eyes, and the heavenly world, high above all perturbation, hangs serenely overhead; only a thin veil, it may be, floats between. All whom we loved, and all who loved us, whom we still love no less, while they love us yet more, are ever near, because ever in His presence in whom we live and dwell.
~ H. E. MANNING

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For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.~ Rom 8:38-39

I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.
~ J. G. WHITTIER

Be of good faith, my dear Friends, look not out at any thing; fear none of those things ye may be exposed to suffer, either outwardly or inwardly; but trust the Lord over all, and your life will spring, and grow, and refresh you, and ye will learn obedience and faithfulness daily more and more, even by your exercises and sufferings; yea, the Lord will teach you the very mystery of faith and obedience; the wisdom, power, love, and goodness of the Lord ordering every thing for you, and ordering your hearts in every thing.
~ I. PENINGTON

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

~ Ps 23:4

O will, that wiliest good alone,  
Lead Thou the way, Thou guides! best;  
A silent child, I follow on,  
And trusting lean upon Thy breast.  
And if in gloom I see Thee not,  
I lean upon Thy love unknown;  
In me Thy blessed will is wrought,  
If I will nothing of my own.  
~ GERHARD TERSTEEGEN

The devout soul is always safe in every state, if it makes everything an occasion either of rising up, or falling down into the hands of God, and exercising faith, and trust, and resignation to Him. The pious soul, that eyes only God, that means nothing but being His alone, can have no stop put to its progress; light and darkness equally assist him: in the light he looks up to God, in the darkness he lays hold on God, and so they both do him the same good.
~ WM. LAW

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Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.

– Jer 33:3

And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked.

– 1 Kgs 3:13



No voice of prayer to Thee can rise,
But swift as light Thy Love replies;
Not always what we ask, indeed,
But, O most Kind! what most we need.
~ H. M. KIMBALL

If you have any trial which seems intolerable, pray,—pray that it be relieved or changed. There is no harm in that. We may pray for anything, not wrong in itself, with perfect freedom, if we do not pray selfishly. One disabled from duty by sickness may pray for health, that he may do his work; or one hemmed in by internal impediments may pray for utterance, that he may serve better the truth and the right. Or, if we have a besetting sin, we may pray to be delivered from it, in order to serve God and man, and not be ourselves Satans to mislead and destroy. But the answer to the prayer may be, as it was to Paul, not the removal of the thorn, but, instead, a growing insight into its meaning and value. The voice of God in our soul may show us, as we look up to Him, that His strength is enough to enable us to bear it.
~ J. F. CLARKE

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Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.~ Matt 5:9

Grant us Thy peace, down from Thy presence falling,  
As on the thirsty earth cool night-dews sweet;  
Grant us Thy peace, to Thy pure paths recalling,  
From devious ways, our worn and wandering feet.  
~ E. SCUDDER

O God, who art Peace everlasting, whose chosen reward is the gift of peace, and who hast taught us that the peacemakers are Thy children, pour Thy sweet peace into our souls, that everything discordant may utterly vanish, and all that makes for peace be sweet to us forever. Amen.  
~ GELASIAN SACRAMENTARY, A. D. 492

Have you ever thought seriously of the meaning of that blessing given to the peacemakers? People are always expecting to get peace in heaven; but you know whatever peace they get there will be ready-made. Whatever making of peace they can be blest for, must be on the earth here: not the taking of arms against, but the building of nests amidst, its “sea of troubles” \[like the halcyons\]. Difficult enough, you think? Perhaps so, but I do not see that any of us try. We complain of the want of many things—we want votes, we want liberty, we want amusement, we want money. Which of us feels or knows that he wants peace?
~ J. RUSKIN

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Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

~Rom 12:2

Father, let our faithful mind  
Rest, on Thee alone inclined;  
Every anxious thought repress,  
Keep our souls in perfect peace.  
~ C. WESLEY

Retirement from anxieties of every kind; entering into no disputes; avoiding all frivolous talk; and simplifying everything we engage in, whether in a way of doing or suffering; denying the, imagination its false activities, and the intellect its false searchings after what it cannot obtain,—these seem to be some of the steps that lead to obedience to the holy precept in our text.  
~ JAMES P. GREAVES

Retire inwardly; wait to feel somewhat of God’s Spirit, discovering and drawing away from that which is contrary to His holy nature, and leading into that which is acceptable to Him. As the mind is joined to this, some true light and life is received.  
~ I. PENINGTON

Act up faithfully to your convictions; and when you have been unfaithful, bear with yourself, and resume always with calm simplicity your little task. Suppress, as much as you possibly can, all recurrence to yourself, and you will suppress much vanity. Accustom yourself to much calmness and an indifference to events.
~ MADAME GUYON

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And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

~ Isa 32:17

The heart that ministers for Thee  
In Thy own work will rest;  
And the subject spirit of a child  
Can serve Thy children best.  
~ A. L. WARING

It matters not where or what we are, so we be His servants. They are happy who have a wide field and great strength to fulfil His missions of compassion; and they, too, are blessed who, in sheltered homes and narrow ways of duty, wait upon Him in lowly services of love. Wise or simple, gifted or slender in knowledge, in the world’s gaze or in hidden paths, high or low, encompassed by affections and joys of home, or lonely and content in God alone, what matters, so that they bear the seal of the living God? Blessed company, unknown to each other, unknowing even themselves!
~ H. E. MANNING

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There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

~ 1 Cor 10:13-14

Not so, not so, no load of woe
Need bring despairing frown;
For while we bear it, we can bear,
Past that, we lay it down.

~ SARAH WILLIAMS

Everything which happens, either happens in such wise that them art formed by nature to bear it, or that thou art not formed by nature to bear it. If then, it happens to thee in such way that thou art formed by nature to bear it, do not complain, but bear it as thou art formed by nature to bear it. But, if it happens in such wise that thou art not able to bear it, do not complain; for it will perish after it has consumed thee. Remember, however, that thou art formed by nature to bear everything, with respect to which it depends on thy own opinion to make it endurable and tolerable, by thinking that it is either thy interest or thy duty to do this.

~ MARCUS ANTONINUS

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The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.

~ Ps 121:7

Under Thy wings, my God, I rest,  
Under Thy shadow safely lie;  
By Thy own strength in peace possessed,  
While dreaded evils pass me by.  
~ A. L. WARING

A heart rejoicing in God delights in all His will, and is surely provided with the most firm joy in all estates; for if nothing can come to pass beside or against His will, then cannot that soul be vexed which delights in Him and hath no will but His, but follows Him in all times, in all estates; not only when He shines bright on them, but when they are clouded. That flower which follows the sun doth so even in dark and cloudy days: when it doth not shine forth, yet it follows the hidden course and motion of it. So the soul that moves after God keeps that course when He hides His face; is content, yea, even glad at His will in all estates or conditions or events.  
~ R. LEIGHTON

Let God do with me what He will, anything He will; whatever it be, it will be either heaven itself or some beginning of it.
~ WM. MOUNTFORD

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Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

~ 1 Thess 5:11

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

~ Matt 19:19

So others shall  
Take patience, labor, to their heart and hand,  
From thy hand, and thy heart, and thy brave cheer,  
And God’s grace fructify through thee to all.  
The least flower with a brimming cup may stand,  
And share its dewdrop with another near.  
~ E. B. BROWNING

What is meant by our neighbor we cannot doubt; it is every one with whom we are brought into contact. First of all, he is literally our neighbor who is next to us in our own family and household; husband to wife, wife to husband, parent to child, brother to sister, master to servant, servant to master. Then it is he who is close to us in our own neighborhood, in our own town, in our own parish, in our own street. With these all true charity begins. To love and be kind to these is the very beginning of all true religion. But, besides these, as our Lord teaches, it is every one who is thrown across our path by the changes and chances of life; he or she, whosoever it be, whom we have any means of helping the unfortunate stranger whom we may meet in travelling, the deserted friend whom no one else cares to look after.
~ A. P. STANLEY