it could be easily obeyed.
‘When we take our meals there is the grace.
When I take a draught of water I always pause, as my palate receives the refreshment, to lift up my heart to God in thanks and prayer for the water of life.
Whenever I drop a letter into the box at the post-office I send a petition along with it for God's blessing upon its mission and upon the person to whom it is sent.
When I break the seal of a letter just received I stop to pray to God that He may prepare me for its contents and make it a messenger of good.
When I go to my class-room and await the arrangement of the cadets in their places, that is my time to intercede with God for them.
And so of every other familiar act of the day.’
‘But,’ said his friend, ‘do you not often forget these seasons, coming so frequently?’
said he. ‘I have made the practice habitual to me; and I can no more forget it than forget to drink when I am thirsty.
The habit has become as delightful as regular.’
had a firm and unshaken trust in the promises of God and His superintending Providence
circumstances, and it was his habitual practice to pray for and trust in Divine guidance under every circumstance of trial.
His friend, Elder Lyle
—one of the noblest specimens of a faithful Christian that ever lived—used to question him very closely on his Christian experience, and one day asked him if he really believed
the promise: ‘All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’
He said that he did, and the elder asked: ‘If you were to lose your health
, would you believe it then?’
‘Yes! I think I should.’
‘How if you were to become entirely blind?’
‘I should still believe it.’
‘But suppose, in addition to your loss of health and sight, you should become utterly dependent upon the cold charities of the world?’
He thought for a moment and then replied with emphasis: ‘If it were the will of God to place me there, He would enable me to lie there peacefully a hundred years.’
He nobly stood this test when called on to cross the Jordan
Soon after he was wounded he said to Rev. B. T. Lacy
—who exclaimed, on seeing him: ‘Oh, general, what a calamity!’
‘You see me severely wounded, but not depressed—not unhappy I believe it has been done according to God's holy will, and 1 acquiesce entirely in it. You may think it strange; but you ’