C. H. Spurgeon — Ah! the bridge of grace…

Ah! the bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother.  Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it.  I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation.  They come by their thousands, by their myriads; e’er since the day when Christ first entered into His glory, they come, and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge.  Some have been the chief of sinners, and some have come at the very last of their days, but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight.  I will go with them trusting to the same support; it will bear me over as it has borne them.
C. H. Spurgeon

Advent Herald — The following is a quotation from the words of Dr. W. B. Hinson…

The following is a quotation from the words of Dr. W. B. Hinson, speaking from the pulpit a year after the commencement of the illness from which he ultimately died:  “I remember a year ago when a man in this city said, ‘You have got to go to your death.’  I walked out to where I live, five miles out of this city, and I looked across at that mountain that I love, and I looked at the river in which I rejoice, and I looked at the stately trees that are always God’s own poetry to my soul.  Then in the evening I looked up into the great sky where God was lighting his lamps, and I said ‘I may not see you many more times, but, Mountain, I shall be alive when you are gone; and, River, I shall be alive when you cease running toward the sea; and, Stars, I shall be alive when you have fallen from your sockets in the great down-pulling of the material universe!'”  This is the confidence of one who knew the Saviour.  Is it yours?
Advent Herald

St. Patrick Breastplate — May the strength of God…

May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us.
May the way of God direct us.
May the shield of God defend us.
May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us.
Christ before us.
Christ in us.
Christ over us.
May Thy salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and forever more.
St. Patrick Breastplate

Basil the Great — Be aware of God’s compassion…

Be aware of God’s compassion, that it heals with oil and wine.  Do not lose hope of salvation.  Remember what is written- the one who falls shall rise again, and the one who turns away shall turn again; the wounded is healed; the one caught by wild beasts escapes; the one who confesses is not rejected.  For the Lord does not want the sinner to die, but to return and live.  There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change.  Have you fallen?  Rise up, Have you sinned?  Cease.  Do not stand among sinners, but keep away from them.  For when you turn back and weep, then you will be saved.
Basil the Great, in a letter to a monk who had sinned