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Afterward

April 9, 2010

Hebrews 12:11

 

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

How happy are tried Christians,

 afterward

No calm is deeper than that which follows a storm. 

Who has not rejoiced in the sparkling sunshine after the rain?

After climbing the hill of difficulty, we sit down in the shade to rest. 

After journeying through the valley of humiliation,

 after fighting with the prince of darkness,

the Shining One appears with the healing branch from the tree of life.

Our sorrow, like the passing wake of a vessel upon the sea,

leaves a silver line of holy light behind it,

afterward

Sweet deep peace follows the horrible turmoil which once reigned in our guilty souls. 

The Christian receives the best things last.

But even his worst things are afterward good things,

just as difficult plowing yields a joyful harvest.

Even now he grows rich by his losses,

he rises by his falls,

he lives by dying,

and becomes full by being emptied.

Since his grievous affliction yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life,

what will be the full measure of joy

afterward

in heaven?

If he can sing in a dungeon,

how sweetly will he sing in heaven!

If difficulties seem good to him now,

what will be the overflowing goodness of God to him then?

Who would not bear the present cross for the crown which will come

afterward?

But patience is required

for the rest is not for today,

and the triumph is not for the present,

but

afterward

Wait,

and let patience have her perfect work.

 

 

~Spurgeon-Morning and Evening

bestill 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2010 1:16 pm

    This is beautiful!

    By the way… I didn’t know your family are STATE fans! My hubby and I went there for grad school.

    • April 13, 2010 1:28 am

      We lived in Lansing for years…gotta be a State Fan! We moved to SW Michigan. It is beautiful here. I hope your dissertation goes well.

  2. April 12, 2010 9:34 am

    Yippee! Spring is springing! Love the little girl, the white shoes and socks … what memories!

  3. April 12, 2010 4:38 pm

    You stinker! You never told me you have a blog!!! I had to find you through a LINK! How awful is THAT? Love your blog! Can’t wait to link to you! 🙂

    • April 12, 2010 5:45 pm

      🙂 I didn’t tell anyone…then my son found me…then Pastor Voegtlin found me…and now you found me! My annonymity is gone:)

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