Saturday, April 23, 2011

For a Time of Sorrow

Sorrow is one of the things that are lent, not given.
A thing that is lent may be taken away;
A thing that is given is not taken away.
Joy is given.
Sorrow is lent.

We are not our own, we are bought with a price (I Cor 6:19-20).

"And our sorrow is not our own." (Samuel Rutherford said this a long time ago.)  It is lent to us for just a little while that we may use it for eternal purposes.  Then it will be taken away and everlasting joy will be our Father's gift to us.

The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces (Isaiah 25:8)

Amy Carmichael
Edges of His Ways


  1. Joy is given.
    Sorrow is lent.

    What a great concept! I've been meaning to read Amy Carmichael; this clinches it.

  2. Yes, Elisabeth Elliot's *A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael* is on my nightstand as well.

    Do post a book review, okay?