Three Iron Nails

But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath! Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

– John 18:11 NET

Whatsoever is brought upon thee, take cheerfully.

– Sir 2:4

Every sorrow, every smart,

That the Eternal Father’s heart

Hath appointed me of yore,

Or hath yet for me in store,

As my life flows on, I ’ll take

Calmly, gladly, for His sake,

No more faithless murmurs make

—P. GERHARDT

The very least and the very greatest sorrows that God ever suffers to befall thee, proceed from the depths of His unspeakable love; and such great love were better for thee than the highest and best gifts besides that He has given thee, or ever could give thee, if thou couldst but see it in this light. So that if your little finger only aches, if you are cold, if…

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