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Nestle in our Savior’s arms!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ” 1890

“He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in His arms,” Mark 9:36

This picture of “Jesus with the little one in His arms” is very beautiful. In all the Bible there is scarcely another picture which so well represents the attitude both of the saved soul and of the Savior–in all Christian life.

Jesus takes the child in His arms–there is love, tenderness and protection.

The bosom is the place of warmth, of affection, of intimacy, of confidence.

The encircling arms–imply safety, support and shelter.

Jesus lifted up the child and held it in His arms–just so does He carry His people through this wilderness world! He does not merely tell them what path to travel–but He takes them on His shoulders, carrying not only their burdens–but themselves! Thus He bears them on through life and through death–to Heaven, where they shall forever be with Him!

Then look at the picture the other way–the child in the Savior’s arms. The child’s attitude speaks of trust, confidence, repose, peace, love, joy–just the feelings which belong to the true Christian. What a place the bosom of Christ is–in danger, in storm, in sorrow, in death! Shall we not likewise learn–to nestle in our Savior’s arms in all our troublesome experiences?

by J.R. Miller

All life’s tangles!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Our affairs are forever getting tangled, like threads in a child’s hands–and we cannot straighten out the tangles ourselves! We cannot see how anything beautiful or good can come out of our poor living, or our feeble striving.

Our days are full of disappointments, and our night’s rest is broken by anxieties. Yet it is the Christian’s privilege to commit all life’s tangles into the hands of Jesus Christ. He can take our broken things–and build them up into beauty!

One of the finest windows in a great cathedral is said to have been made out of the fragments of broken glass which the workmen had thrown away as worthless. A skillful hand gathered them up–and wrought them into lovely form.

In the same way, Jesus Christ can take . . . our failures, our mistakes, our follies, our broken fragments of life, and even our sins–and make them into beautiful life and character!

“Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

by J.R. Miller