The Shining Face

“If all things flow unto us according to our wish, but we are uncertain of God’s love or hatred, our happiness will be accursed and therefore miserable.  But if in fatherly fashion God’s countenance beams upon us, even our miseries will be blessed.  For they will be turned into aids to salvation…And we always feel our minds wavering unless, content with God’s grace, they seek their peace in it, and hold fixed deep within what is said in the psalm: ‘Blessed is the people whose God is Jehovah, and the nation He has chosen as His inheritance.’” –John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)

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