Holy Tornado

To see the soul of your comrade listen carefully to his music.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

WHO ARE THESE IN BRIGHT ARRAY

Very few men in this world are happy, except those who have lost all things for Christ's sake. The life which has had the most smitings and victories, that has carried a man up and on with persistent courage, with dominating faith, and with contentment, and that has developed in him strenuous, pure, right manhood, is the life that every man ought to covet and to seek. If God sends any other things, take them; but above all things take this. Do not gain the whole world and lose your own soul.

There are names that now fill the air, names that resound like the stroke of a drum, and all men are watching and studying them; but when the end comes, and the account of their life is taken, what with their ambition, what with their fame, what with their wealth, their whole experience will declare that they never had great happiness in life.

From many a poor cottage, from many a poor-house, from jails, from gibbets and from dungeons, in the last day there will rise the sweetest sounds of music; and, as in the Apocalyptic vision, it shall be asked, "who are these in bright array?" And the answer shall be, "These are they that have come out of tribulation, and have washed their robes white in the blood of the Lamb." These are they who, with much suffering, have been lifted out of their inferior condition to a superior one. They are God's elect, they are crowned kings and priests unto God.

And when God shall come, and all things shall be made clear in the last great day, may it be that you and I shall not be altogether void of an experience in that direction. May that which is highest, and purest, and noblest, and best in us, be at the ascendency, that we may come instantly into the presence of Jesus, that we may be able at once to speak the language of the blessed, and that then we may go forth crowned, with everlasting joy upon our head.

from The Beautiful Tree Of Life, published in 1892
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