“Children of God... will you not bear witness,
that, through all your trials and troubles,
the faithfulness of your Savior's love
has been the 'very joy of your hearts?'
You have had many crosses and losses –
has He ever deserted you?
You have been in severe afflictions,
and have seen the flowers
of many a 'sweet hope' wither and decay –
did your Friend desert you then?
Others may have proved faithless –
all other help may have failed you –
friendship’s help, promised help, expected help –
all, all may have been but
as the foam upon the billow,
as the footsteps in the sand –
but, has Christ ever failed you?
Could you, in the darkest and
the saddest hour of your grief,
say to Him? 'Lord,
You have promised what You did not perform.'
Will you not bear witness concerning the past? –
'Not one good thing has failed,
of all that the Lord has promised –
all has come to pass.'”
- John MacDuff