“…a condition of irreligion and impiety,

a constant trial and an agonizing cross,

not far removed from persecution.”[1]

Service demands sacrifice

tempered by Zeal, service needs kindness,

anticipates suffering, and disquiets the soul.

“… even the heedless and thoughtless recognize

that this earth is no playground,

never forget, we are the children of sorrow.”[2]

Servants reconcile with God,

sustained by Courage, service needs gentleness,

tests discipleship, and endures undoing

“If we endure, we will reign with Him;

if we disown Him, He will disown us;

if we are faithless, He remains faithful.” [3]

So pray that every trial opens your mind,

that every ordeal enhances your body,

that ever misery warms your heart.

[1] Meditations of Father Judge p. 153

[2] Ibid

[3] 2 Timothy 2: 12-13

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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