Spiritual Refreshment

The ancient Hebrews, because of their pastoral lives, were constantly dealing with the ever changing phases of nature. In consequence, their language and their literature teemed with symbols and imagery borrowed from the great out-of-doors. The Song of Solomon pictures the mutual love of the Christ and the church in a beautiful passage descriptive of the coming of spring, the type of the fulfillment of Christ's promised blessing: "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." What an inspiring expression of the refreshment which comes with the advent of spring! Does it not, by its gentle though definite persuasion, impel one to seek the source of all beauty and goodness, — God, the infinite Father, the Giver of all good gifts?

George MacDonald, in "Song of the Spring Days,"

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"In the paths of righteousness"
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