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Morning and Evening

For the evening of May 28th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope." --Lamentations 3:21

Memory is frequently the bondslave of despondency. Despairing minds call to remembrance every dark foreboding in the past, anddilate upon every gloomy feature in the present; thus memory,clothed in sackcloth, presents to the mind a cup of mingled galland wormwood. There is, however, no necessity for this. Wisdomcan readily transform memory into an angel of comfort. That samerecollection which in its left hand brings so many gloomy omens,may be trained to bear in its right a wealth of hopeful signs.She need not wear a crown of iron, she may encircle her browwith a fillet of gold, all spangled with stars. Thus it was inJeremiah's experience: in the previous verse memory had broughthim to deep humiliation of soul: "My soul hath them still inremembrance, and is humbled in me"; and now this same memoryrestored him to life and comfort. "This I recall to my mind,therefore have I hope." Like a two-edged sword, his memory firstkilled his pride with one edge, and then slew his despair withthe other. As a general principle, if we would exercise ourmemories more wisely, we might, in our very darkest distress,strike a match which would instantaneously kindle the lamp ofcomfort. There is no need for God to create a new thing upon theearth in order to restore believers to joy; if they wouldprayerfully rake the ashes of the past, they would find lightfor the present; and if they would turn to the book of truth andthe throne of grace, their candle would soon shine as aforetime.Be it ours to remember the lovingkindness of the Lord, and torehearse His deeds of grace. Let us open the volume ofrecollection which is so richly illuminated with memorials ofmercy, and we shall soon be happy. Thus memory may be, asColeridge calls it, "the bosom-spring of joy," and when theDivine Comforter bends it to His service, it may be chief amongearthly comforters.

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