strength for weary pilgrims

“Look at the starry sky—Jesus strewed it with its jewelry…


Look at that enchanting landscape—Jesus enamelled it with its loveliness…


Look at that cloud-capped mountain—Jesus reared it…


Look at that beauteous lily—Jesus painted it…


Look at that soaring bird—Jesus feeds it…


He, with whom is all this strength and beauty, is your Brother! Are you not better and dearer to Him than these? He has loved and chosen you from all eternity, ransomed you with His blood, and inhabited you by His Spirit.

Why, then, these fears? Why this distrust? All He requires of you is to bring to His fullness your emptiness—to His sympathy your grief—to His unerring wisdom your confusion—and to His sheltering wing your temptations and trials.

Spread your case before Him in the humble confidence of a child. Listen to His words—”I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims, by Octavius Winslow (1808-1878))

Father, today I feel myself a weary pilgrim. Please hold and keep me. Give me the ability to spread my grief before your sympathy; my emptiness before your fullness; my confusion before your wisdom. This trial tempts me toward hiding and despair; toward fear. Draw me to you! Give me a heart that runs to your sheltering wing, that comes as a trusting child pouring out my all before you. Jesus, dearest Brother, I need to hide in your comfort and find strength in your care. In my weariness, O Lord, show me you.



About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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4 Responses to strength for weary pilgrims

  1. Laura says:

    amen…I need to read this at least 1 million more times today.

  2. Debbie Pinson says:

    Hi Jill
    Thank you for this. It’s where I am today and for many days. Hiding and fearing and lonely and tired. I will read it over again today.
    Bless you

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