Beliefs About the Bible (Classic Reprint).
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)
By: M. J. Savage (Author)
You will not deem it inappropriate, I trust, if, before I say another word, I stop long enough to give hearty expression to my gladness at meeting you again. Next to the joy of going away when one is tired and worn is the joy of coming back again when one is rested, to resume once more the chosen labor of life. But, as I speak of the joy, I must think also of the shadow that always accompanies joy, the eternal twin of our gladness in our comings back again from being away. I am glad to see your faces, but I am sad to think that there are faces I shall not see. There are some that I have learned to prize and trust that I shall not see again, - I will not say forever, for I do not believe it is true: but I shall not see them again until I also pass over the border-land and into the darkness that encircles this little lighted spot that we call the stage of our human life.
I rejoice with some of you over the recovery of those who have been close down to the border while you have stood, with dim eyes and tremulous lips, wondering whether they were to cross or to return. I rejoice with you that they have come back again into the light of life.
This morning, - you may not have noted it, the years go by so swiftly, - I stand upon the threshold of the ninth year of my service with you as your minister. I might go back and fill an hour with retrospect, explaining and trying to apologize for errors, shortcomings, and failures. I might go back, with some show of reason, and recount our triumphs, our victories, and our achievements.
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