Category Archives: suffering

Parables of the Cross

It is in the stages of a plant’s growth, its budding and blossoming and seed-bearing that this lesson has come to me:  the lesson of death in its delivering power.  It has come as no mere far-fetched imagery, but as … Continue reading

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The Path of Life

  “Death is the gate of life.”  Does it look so to us?  Have we learnt to go down, once and again, into its gathering shadow in quietness and confidence, knowing that there is always “a better resurrection” beyond?   … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

One could literally do nothing but pray at every available bit.  One might take up letters or accounts that seemed as if they were a “must be” – but one had to drop them within five minutes, almost invariably, and … Continue reading

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A Sad That Won’t Go Away

The beauty of that line of Hebrew poetry came afresh today.  The thickest of the cloud storm would be just where He is passing.  We see the dust now.  We shall see His Footprints when He has passed along the … Continue reading

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Lilias’s Legacy

“It is when the death of winter has done its work that the sun can draw out in each plant its own individuality, and make its existence full and fragrant.  Spiritual growth means something more than the sweeping away of … Continue reading

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Passing Through

“The word God has given is ‘passing through.’  Passing ‘through’ the broken-up gate (Micah).  Passing ‘through’ the stoning crowd (Luke).  Passing ‘through’ the wall of waves (Hebrews 11).  ‘By faith, they passed through’ – not on one side, avoiding the place … Continue reading

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Beauty From Brokenness

“Conscious weakness as a preparation for service is one thing; brokenness is another.  We may know that we are but earthen pitchers, like Gideon’s, with nothing of our own but the light within, and yet we may not have passed through the … Continue reading

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