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Tribulation With Joy

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
      LUKE 9:23

      WE pray Thee, grant us strength to take
      Our daily cross, whate'er it be,
      And gladly for Thine own dear sake
      In paths of pain to follow Thee.
      W. W. HOW

      THE more you accept daily crosses as daily bread, in peace and simplicity, the less they will injure your frail, delicate health; but forebodings and frettings would soon kill you.

      We speak of the crosses of daily life, and forget that our very language is a witness against us, how meekly we ought to bear them, in the blessed steps of our holy Lord; how in "every cross and care," we ought not to acquiesce simply, but to take them cheer-fully,--not cheerfully only but joyfully; yea, if they should even deserve the name of "tribulation," to "joy in tribulation" also, as seeing in them our Father's hand, our Saviour's cross.
      E. B. PUSEY

      Take kindly and heartsomely with His cross, who never yet slew a child with the cross.

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