Channels of Love

In one of our hymns the opening line reads, "Make channels for the streams of love" (Hymnal, p. 89); and the blessings following this counsel came to one weary of the conflict of life, her heart filled with bitterness and, alas! hatred and resentment. She was constantly thinking of her wrongs, which amounted to persecution, her blighted hopes and ambitions, which were never to be realized here, and she did not care if there was any other place. In fact she did not expect any happiness, for "hope deferred maketh the heart sick," and her heart was certainly sick.

Mentally alert, she was eager for work which required mental activity, but her strength was not equal to the demand, and no wonder that she was weary. She craved the health that was needed to bring to her the success which she felt could be hers, and hopelessly she painted beautiful word-pictures that were read and cherished by many, spending hours at her work regardless of the pain, not knowing that the seeds of hatred, jealousy, and malice had brought forth a crop of failure and misery from which she was suffering.

Lack Overcome
January 22, 1916

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