Rest for the Minister's Wife

When by the gift of His grace and mercy our blessed Master shall make a place for the redeemed in His everlasting kingdom, I am persuaded He will welcome with most in­finite gentleness and love His weary and faith­ful child, the minister's wife!

By Agnes Lewis Caviness

When by the gift of His grace and mercy our blessed Master shall make a place for the redeemed in His everlasting kingdom, I am persuaded He will welcome with most in­finite gentleness and love His weary and faith­ful child, the minister's wife! There she will have rest from sitting taut in her pew not far from the pulpit, studying to appear unruffled, yet listening tensely for the split infinitive or the verb that refuses to agree with its subject; rest from her struggles in seeking to balance the family budget; rest from her anxiety that the children be not led into wrong companion­ships and thus break down their father's influ­ence; rest from concern over a crucial board meeting over which her husband must preside; and surcease from solicitude that he be able to prepare next Sabbath's sermon in such a way as to point out the danger of certain mem­bers without offending them, thus closing the door to any possibility of helping them fur­ther. How welcome that rest will be! And how real yet joyous are the present burdens she bears!

Angewin, Calif.

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