We have a God who is infinitely gracious and knows all our wants.
I always thought that He would reduce you to extremity. He will
come in His own time, and when you least expect it. Hope in Him
more than ever. Thank Him with me for the favors He does you,
particularly for the fortitude and patience which He gives you in
your afflictions. It is a plain mark of the care He takes of you.
Comfort yourself with Him, and give thanks for all.
I admire also the fortitude and bravery of M--. God has given him
a good disposition and a good will; but he is still a little
worldly and somewhat immature. I hope the affliction God has sent
him will help him do some reflection and inner searching and that
it may prove to be a wholesome remedy to him. It is a chance for
him to put all his trust in God who accompanies him everywhere.
Let him think of Him as much as he can, especially in time of
A little lifting up of the heart and a remembrance of God
suffices. One act of inward worship, though upon a march with
sword in hand, are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless
very acceptable to God. And, far from lessening a soldier's
courage in occasions of danger, they actually serve to fortify it.
Let him think