The sweet influence of grief

It is often remarked that after soul sorrow our pastors are more gifted with words in season, and their speech is more full of savor: this is to be accounted for by the sweet influence of grief when sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Blessed Redeemer, we delight in thy
love, and thy presence is the light of our joys; but if thy brief withdrawals qualify us for glorifying thee in cheering thy saints, we thank thee for leaving us; as we seek thee by night, it shall somewhat cheer us that thou art blessing us when thou takest away thy richest blessing.

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