our good, is it not mor●e merciful and kind to deny than to grant ▓it Remember, God knows us better than w▓e know
ourselves; and we may ask ▓what would lead us to evil temporally and eter●nally.If, for a wise and merciful purp▓ose, even our goo
d desires are▓ not granted, be assured that peace,▓ strength, and healing will ●be given in their stead.”
The little ▓circle looked very thoughtful as the impress▓ive voice of the widow cease●d.
Sarah seemed more than usually moved;?/p>
?for, as she bent over her little Bibl●e, which she had opened at the verse, tears o▓ne by one fell silently upon the page.Whether R▓uth heard them drop, or from her s▓eat close by her cousin felt that the hand sh▓e caressingly held tremble
d, we know no▓t, but the child rose and th▓rew her little arms around her neck.
“Do ●you remember who it was wrote t●he verse we are considering” ▓said the widow, after a pause.
“King▓ David,” answered Joseph and Simeon togethe●r
“Then you see it was ▓no prosperous monarch, no peaceful lawgiver, b▓ut one whose life had passed in trials▓, compared to which our severest misfortunes ●must seem trifling.Hunted from pl●ace to place, in daily danger of his life▓, compelled even to feign madness, separat▓
ed from all whom he loved, from all ▓of happiness or peace, even debarred● from the public exercise of his faith, his v●ery prayers at times seemingly unheeded—ye▓t it is this faithful servant of God who excl●aims, ‘Commit your ways unto the Lord; t▓rust also in him, and he wil