Augustine — God of our life…

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory.

Annie Johnson Flint — God has not promised skies always blue…

God has not promised skies always blue,
flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
rest for the labor, light for the way,
grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
Annie Johnson Flint

John T. Faris — A man was carrying a heavy basket…

A man was carrying a heavy basket.  His son asked to help him.  The father cut a stick and placed it through the handle of the basket so that the end toward himself was very short; while the end toward the boy was three or four times as long.  Each took hold of his end of the stick, and the basket was lifted and easily carried.  The son was bearing the burden with the father, but he found his work easy and light because his father assumed the heavy end of the stick.  Just so it is when we bear the yoke with Christ; He sees to it that the burden laid on us is light; He carries the heavy end.
John T. Faris

Jill Briscoe — If only God would lean out of heaven…

If only God would lean out of heaven and tell me [my children] are going to make it, I could relax.  But God doesn’t do that.  He tells us to be the parents he has called us to be in his strength and promises to do his part.  Driven to prayer (after discovering that manipulation didn’t work), I began to realize I was only truly positive and confident when I’d been flat on my face before the Lord.
Jill Briscoe