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Bearing Crosses Made by Ourselves

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
      ISAIAH 30:21

      The ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them.
      HOSEA 14:9

      YET more and more this truth doth shine
      From failure and from loss,
      The will that runs transverse to Thine
      Doth thereby make its cross:
      Thine upright will
      Cuts straight and still
      Through pride and dream and dross.
      W. M. L. JAY

      LET us remember that it is not God who makes many of the crosses that we find in our way, such as we commonly call "crosses." Our Heavenly Father makes "straight paths for our feet," and, if we would go in His way, if we would straighten our wills to His will, and lay them side by side, there would be no crosses. But when the path that God points out goes north and south, and our stubborn wills lead us east and west, the consequence is "a cross"--a cross of our own making, not that which our Master bids us "take up and carry after Him," and of which it has been well said, "He always carries the heaviest end Himself."

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