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Weariness into Joy

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; let such as love Thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
      PSALMS 40:16

      Then will I go unto the altar of God; unto God, my exceeding joy.
      PSALMS 43:4

      WE doubt the word that tells us: Ask,
      And ye shall have your prayer;
      We turn our thoughts as to a task,
      With will constrained and rare.

      And yet we have; these scanty prayers
      Yield gold without alloy;
      0 God, but he who trusts and dares
      Must have a boundless joy!

      TELL them that, until religion cease to be a burden, it is nothing,--until prayer cease to be a weariness, it is nothing. However difficult and however imperfect, the spirit must still rejoice in it.

      From a weary laborer, worn with slavish and ineffectual toil, I had become as a little child receiving from God the free gift of eternal life and of daily sustenance; and prayer, from a weary spiritual exercise, had become the simple asking from the Heavenly Father of daily bread, and thanking Him.

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