When they are twisted out of my hand (“Solitude Sweetened” by James Meikle, 1730-1799)

“Mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7) O, what losses and crosses, sorrows and distresses, uncertainties and anxieties, do mankind labor under! Godly wisdom will lead me to expect nothing but vanity and vexation here below. But, O! how happy is the soul that has all the treasure in heaven–all his happiness in God! May this be my case, and then I shall triumph in the midst of losses, distresses, disappointments, and pain! I take a loose hold of all earthly things, that when they are twisted out of my hand–they may not torment my heart! Eternal felicity secured, is a noble panacea, and a sufficient antidote against the heaviest misfortunes and disappointments of this deceitful world! I rest, and am composed, and calmly wait on You, resigned to heaven’s determination, in everything concerning me in time–until I arrive at that better country, at that perfect state, where there is neither disappointment nor pain!

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2 responses to “When they are twisted out of my hand (“Solitude Sweetened” by James Meikle, 1730-1799)

  1. dawnmarie

    You know, I love to read the book of Ecclesiastes when I need a reminder. Solomon said it so well…as is vanity. Solomon had everything he could ever want when it came to material wealth AND he was the wisest man in the world…and yet he sums up what he knows…13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

  2. Teresa

    Dawn the older and sicker I get the more this all rings so true! I always knew it in my head, but it took getting sick to really get it in my heart and know what’s eternal riches. I have those and I realize how wealthy we are. Thanks for posting, it’s so nice to see your sunflower! <3

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