Mackenzie, J.-Encouragements to Patient Waiting

Encouragements to Patient Waiting

by John Alexander Mackenzie, 1864

May the effort “to speak a word to him that is weary” be attended with the Divine blessing; and may many of God’s tried and suffering ones realize in their hours of weakness, pain, and distress — the soothing, elevating, and strengthening power which lies in Christ.

If, through the blessing of the Eternal Spirit, this volume shall convey to any child of affliction, one gleam of soothing and hope, it will impart additional sweetness to the dealings of our Heavenly Father, to whom all glory shall be ascribed, even to Him “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

May grace be imparted to us to improve the various dealings of our Heavenly Father — that our hearts may be purified, our affections raised to the things which are above, and our earthly will brought into conformity with the will of God. May we be kept by faith ever looking up to Christ — dwelling in Him and He in us, so that “beholding, with open face, as in a glass the glory of the Lord — we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

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