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“Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims” by Octavius Winslow

Excerpts from “Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims” by Octavius Winslow (1808 and 1878).

Image courtesy of The Octavius Winslow Archive (click on picture to be linked to site and find out more about Octavius' life and ministry)

“WHAT A BOUNDLESS, FATHOMLESS OCEAN!

“Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to relinquish heaven for earth—a diadem for a cross—the robe of divine majesty for the garment of our nature; by taking upon Himself the leprosy of our sin. Oh, the infinite love of Christ! What a boundless, fathomless ocean! Ask the ransomed of the Lord, whose chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon He has opened, whose liberty He has conferred, if there ever was love like His!

“What shall we say of the ransom price? It was the richest, the costliest, that Heaven could give. He gave Himself for us! What more could He do? He gave Himself; body, soul and spirit. He gave His time, His labor, His blood, His life, His ALL, as the price for our ransom, the cost of our redemption. He carried the wood and reared the altar. Then, bearing His bosom to the stroke of the uplifted and descending arm of the Father, paid the price of our salvation in the warm lifeblood of His heart!

“What a boundless, fathomless ocean! How is it that we feel the force and exemplify the practical influence of this amazing, all commanding truth so faintly? Oh, the desperate depravity of our nature! Oh, the deep iniquity of our iniquitous hearts! Will not the blood drops of Jesus move us? Will not the agonies of the cross influence us? Will not His dying love constrain us to a more heavenly life?”

“AS THOUGH IT HAD NEVER BEEN!

“Beloved, soon, O how soon! all that now loads the heart with care, and wrings it with sorrow—all that dims the eye with tears, and renders the day anxious and the night sleepless, will be as though it had never been! Emerging from the entanglement, the dreariness, the solitude, the loneliness, and the temptations of the wilderness, you shall enter upon your everlasting rest, your unfading inheritance, where there is no sorrow, no declension, no sin, no sunset, no twilight, no evening shadows, no midnight darkness—but all is one perfect, cloudless, eternal day, for Jesus is the joy, the light, and the glory thereof!”

OTHER PARTS OF THE ESSAY INCLUDE:

  • LEAN HARD
  • THE FLAMING SWORD OF JUSTICE QUENCHED IN THE HOLY, LOVING BOSOM OF JESUS!
  • SO FATHOMLESS, BOUNDLESS, AND INEXHAUSTIBLE!
  • LOVE SUFFERING, AND BLEEDING, AND EXPIRING!
  • IT IS I
  • THE PERSONAL ATTRACTIONS OF JESUS!
  • A FATHER’S HAND!
  • FOR YOU!
  • LIFE IS LIKE A PAINTED DREAM
  • FOR ME, A WORM!
  • THE TEARS OF JESUS!
  • WHY THEN, THESE FEARS? WHY THIS DISTRUST?
  • CHRIST’S SLEEPLESS VIGILANCE OVER HIS PEOPLE!
  • LOOKING AT THE WORLD THROUGH THE CROSS
  • BRING YOUR SORROWS TO ME
  • THIS DIVINE SECRET!
  • FOR ME, A POOR, WORTHLESS SINNER!
  • THE WRATH OF GOD LET LOOSE UPON HIS SON!
  • OH, ENCOURAGING TRUTH!
  • YOUR PRESENT ADVERSITY
  • THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE!
  • ALL DROPPING FROM THE OUTSTRETCHED, MUNIFICENT HAND OF A LOVING, GRACIOUS, AND BOUNTIFUL FATHER!
  • ALL THE VARIED DEALINGS
  • THAT MOST EXCELLENT AND SUPERLATIVE KNOWLEDGE!
  • A SOUL-SATISFYING SPECTACLE!
  • THE ALTOGETHER LOVELY ONE!
  • THE CHIEF OBJECT OF YOUR STUDY
  • THE MOST ACCESSIBLE AND PRECIOUS SPOT
  • HOW EMPTYING, HUMBLING, AND ABASING!
  • WHEN HIS BEAUTY IS SEEN
  • YOUR ALMIGHTY FRIEND!
  • THE ASTONISHING, THE MARVELOUS LOVE!
  • BECAUSE HE LOVED HER!
  • ETERNALLY REPOSE YOUR WEARY SOUL IN THE BOSOM OF JESUS
  • THE SOLITARY OBJECT OF HIS LOVE!
  • CHRIST MUST BE ALL!
  • THAT FRIEND!
  • WHAT IS HEAVEN?

READ THE FULL SERMON HERE…

You’re Invited: Women’s Ministry Meeting @HBCGreer, 7PM, Tuesday, April 5th!

Next Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, there will be a Ladies Only fellowship at my church, Heritage Bible Church, in Greer, SC. The event starts at 7pm (they usually last about 90 minutes).

Our church holds these special functions quarterly for ladies only! It’s a night to get out, enjoy fellowship with other women, learn, and have fun. Next week’s theme is Health & Wellness! The evening will begin with a personal testimony and challenge by Katie Gerdt (I’ve shared a few of her devotionals on my blog before). Then we’ll have a break with healthful snacks. And we’ll conclude the evening with a panel discussion (yes, you can submit questions). They’ve asked me to sit on the panel as the “Fitness” side of things. I am humbled by this opportunity and very excited to share what the Lord has taught me in my journey over the past few years. Other panelists, Lord-willing, will be a Registered Dietician, a Healthy Mom with young kids, a Healthy Mom with teens (who happens to have a Bachelors in Physical Education), and maybe a woman who is in a later stage of life who has learned to cope with various physical challenges.

Here’s a list of resources I submitted to the event coordinator. I hope you find them helpful:

Resources:
The Holy Bible, first and foremost resource for EVERY aspect of life, including health and fitness.
Books:
  • The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Thomas M. Campbell II.
  • Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women: A 21 Day Journey to a New You, by Freeman-Smith.
  • Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Johanna Burani, M.S., R.D., C.S.E.
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan.
  • Organizing Your Private World, by George MacDonald.
  • Reasonably Thin: The Spiritual Aspects of Over and Undereating, by Jesse Dillinger.
  • Will Medicine Stop the Pain? by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dr. Laura Hendrickson.
  • Women’s Health Total Fitness 2010 (there’s one for each year, they also have one for Men’s Health).
  • Yoga Daily Exercises: A 7-day Program to Harmonize the Body and Soul, published by Parragon Books Ltd.
Cookbooks:
  • Betty Crocker’s Healthy New Choices.
  • Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients, by Jesse Ziff Cool.
Blogs by HBC Ladies:
Other Blogs/Websites:
Magazines:
  • Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine
  • Fitness Magazine
  • GO Magazine – available for free in several coffee shops downtown
  • Natural Awakenings – available for free in many grocery stores
  • Prevention Magazine
  • Self Magazine
  • Shape magazine
  • Women’s Health (Men’s Health also available)
  • Yoga Journal
Tools:
  • 50 Ways to Work Out on the Ball, by Elizabeth Gillies – deck of 50 cards
  • free weights (5#, 10#, 15#) or bands (light, medium, heavy) for resistance training
  • jump rope
  • kettlebell
  • Pilates Box, by Antje Korte & Barbara Marckhgott – 40 exercise cards + book with training programs
  • Pilates with Workout Circle DVD (comes with workout circle and book), by Dina Matty & Keft Burdell
  • tennis shoes – save up and spend the money – I like New Balance
  • The Biggest Loser Workout DVDs: Cardio MaxWeight Loss YogaBoot Camp, etc.
  • workout/yoga mat
  • workout ball
Obviously, I don’t endorse everything from any one resource (except the Bible), but these are some things that have been helpful in my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
Hope to see you there! ~Melissa