January 17

HE number’d not the changes of the year,
The days, the nights, and he forgot all fear
Of death: each day he thought there should have been
A shining ladder set for him to climb
Athwart some opening in the heavens, e’en
To God’s eternity, and see sublime—
His face whose shadow passing fills all time.
A. O’Shaughnessy

FINDING we could not understand what he said he paused a little, and then with all the remaining strength he had, cried out, “The best of all is, God is with us”;—and then, as if to assert the faithfulness of our promise-keeping Jehovah, and comfort the hearts of his weeping friends, lifting up his dying arm in token of victory, and raising his feeble voice with a holy triumph not to be expressed, again repeated the heart-reviving words, “The best of all is, God is with us!”
John Wesley {on his deathbed)

THE Humble, Meek, Merciful, Just, Pious, and Devout Souls are everywhere of one religion; and when Death has taken off the Mask, they will know one another; though the divers Liveries they wear here make them strangers.
William Penn


July 16

HOW fair a lot to fill
Is left to each man still.
Matthew Arnold

GENTLENESS and cheerfulness, these come before all morality; they are the perfect duties. . . . If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say, “Give them up,” for they may be all you have; but conceal them, like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.
Robert Louis Stevenson

WE are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. The consciousness of wrong-doing makes us irritable, and our heart in its cunning quarrels with what is outside it, in order that it may deepen the clamour within.
Henri F. Amiel

UNHOLY tempers are always unhappy tempers.
John Wesley