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[The Christian Intelligencer]

While many will enjoy respite from labor during part of the summer season and will seek refreshment of body, mind, and spirit in change of environment, those whose lot it is to continue the established order of their lives with no hope of a vacation need to remind themselves that there are ways of refreshment which do not require a trip and a financial outlay. A translation of the familiar gospel invitation found in Matthew, which differs somewhat from the accepted version, indicates the source of this invigoration: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you." A deeper sense of God's presence with us and of the vast resources of grace which are ours in Christ would serve to revive many fainting souls. It may be that the way often grows weary for the very reason that we are not marching on in the strength of the Lord. In Psalms we read, "They looked unto him, and were radiant." It may not be possible to take a trip to the mountains, but "the heavenlies in Christ" are always and instantly accessible. We may be the daily recipients of multiplied grace, so that we can say with Paul, "Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, our inward man is renewed day by day." And this inner renewal has a salutary effect on the "outward man." Life will be better sustained and more fruitful and satisfying in proportion as we wait on the Lord.

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