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His Grace is Sufficient

There are times in our lives when it would seem as though the cares and burdens of life are greater than our ability to manage. Our hearts are broken over the passing of loved ones or distraught over relationships that are complex and failing. Sometimes we lament over the choices made by our children while there are times when our personal afflictions appear unbearable.

The biographical account of poetess/ hymn-writer Annie Johnson Flint (1866- 1932) is a story of both heartbreak and triumph. Three years after her birth, her mother passed during childbirth. It was during a revival meeting at the age of eight that the Spirit of God brought Annie’s young heart to faith in Christ.

Later in her second year of teaching, arthritis began to show itself. She grew steadily worse until it became difficult for her to walk at all, and she was soon obliged to give up her work, followed by three years of increasing helplessness. The death of both of her adoptive parents within a few months of each other left Annie and her sister alone again.

Her poetic skills provided a solace for her in the long hours of suffering. Then she began making hand-lettered cards and gift books, and decorating some of her own verses. The marvelous thing is that Annie’s faith never faltered, and that she was at all times able to say, “Thy will be done.”

In times of great trials, I have found one of her poems, later placed to music, to be both encouraging and uplifting. May it also minister to you as well.

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,

He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;

To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,

To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,

His power no boundary known unto men;

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

The Mater’s Pastor,

Bishop Dr. William M. & Lady Patricia J. Polley

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