Fasting has undoubtedly been largely associated in the thought of humanity with asceticism.
When Christ Jesus uttered his memorable injunction regarding perfection, in that greatest of all sermons, known as the Sermon on the Mount, he addressed the same kind of persons that are in the world to-day; but now, as then, his rule of life so far transcends the highest human ideals that few, comparatively, of his professed followers accept it as having any practical application to present conditions.
As a train slipped into a winter's twilight, and the lights of the car were turned on, it was noticed that the full detail of the opposite side of the car was reflected on the window at the observer's elbow.
From the earliest days men have felt the need for some haven of security, some place of refuge from the foes which have beset them.
Few subjects are of greater importance to human welfare than is the subject of prayer.
Blessings are ours as we serve God, in whatever capacity it may be; for service is like the widow's mite, which is not measured by its face value, but by the love which inspires it.