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Trouble: Needed

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Speaking of a Norwegian summer, the Rev. H. Macmillan says:: 'The long daylight is very favorable to the growth of vegetation, plants growing in the night as well as in the day in the short but ardent summer. But the stimulus of perpetual solar light is peculiarly trying to the nervous system of those who are not accustomed to it. It prevents proper reose and banishes sleep. I never felt before how needful darkness is for the welfare of our bodies and minds. I longed for night, but the farther 11 orth we went, the farther we were fleeing from it, until at last, when we reached the most northern point of our tour, the sun set for one hour and a half. Consequently, the heat of the day never cooled down, and accumulated until it became almost unendurable at last. Truly for a most wise and beneficent purpose did God make light and create darkness. 'Light is sweet, and it is a pleasant thing to the eyes to behold the sun.' But darkness is also sweet, it is the nurse of nature's kind restorer, balmy sleep, and without the tender drawing round us of its curtains the weary eyelid will not close, and the jaded nerves will not be soothed to refreshing rest. Not till the everlasting day break, and the shadows flee away, and the Lord himself shall be our light, and our God our glory, can we do without the cloud in the sunshine, the shade of sorrow in the bright light of joy, and the curtain of night for the deepening of the sleep which God gives his beloved.': Rev. Hugh Macmillan's 'Holidays on Holy Lands.'



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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Trouble: Needed'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fff/t/trouble-needed.html. 1870.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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