The Hidden counsels of God
A. On Suffering
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish,
to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is
their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them and found them worthy of Himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as
sacrificial offerings he took them to Himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and His care is with his elect.
The Lady Next Door has been memorialized today, our daughter played beautifully, the lunch afterward was delicious, but the best part of all were these words from God. How great thou art! that He gives us such counsel, such confidence, such reasurance that we will be with Him in eternity so long as we love, search, and live for Him! AMEN, Alleluia!