Pain for the believer is often God's way of cutting away our excess.
Even in the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus is right there with us.
Jesus invites all penitent sinners to enter the open door.
He taught us how to love the unlovable by loving us!
The death of Christ displays the mystery of His grace.
And soon, too soon, the wintry hour Of man's maturer age Will shake the soul with sorrow's power...
Thou hast promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be...
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past;
Refine and purge our earthly parts, and stamps Thine image on our hearts.
O may we search with eager pains, assured that we shall find!