One Statement We Will Say In Heaven

“What wondrous wisdom will appear in everything that we had to go through in the days of our flesh! We shall remember all the way by which we were led, and say, ‘Wisdom and mercy followed me all the days of my life. In my sicknesses and pains, in my losses and crosses, in my poverty and tribulations, in my bereavements and separation, in every bitter cup I had to drink, in every burden I had to carry, in all these was perfect wisdom.’ We shall see it at last, if we never saw it before, and we shall all see it together, and all unite in praising Him that ‘led us by the right way to a city of habitation.’ (Ps. 107:7)”

– J.C. Ryle, Heaven, p.41-42

Prayer Can Lighten Crosses For Us

“Prayer can lighten crosses for us, however heavy. It can bring down to our side One who will help us to bear them. Prayer can open a door for us when our way seems hedged up. It can bring down One who will say, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ Prayer can let in a ray of hope when all our earthly prospects seem darkened. It can bring down One who will say, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you.’ Prayer can obtain relief for us when those we love most are taken away, and the world feels empty. It can bring down One who can fill the gap in our hearts with himself, and say to the waves within, ‘Peace; be still.’ Oh that people were not so like Hagar in the wilderness, blind to the well of living waters close beside them.”

– J.C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer, p.19-20