At any time, in any hour of extremity [difficulty], we can call to our aid some living power above us, who, by the law of sympathy, shall impart his thoughts to illuminate our intellect, his love to warm our hearts, his strength to reinforce our infirmity, and augment our natural gifts and powers, and his quiet bliss to send a ray of sunshine into our darkness.
In harmony with this law of our spiritual nature, Jesus, the Christ, said, and still says, to his disciples, “If I go away, I will come again; I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you; I will manifest myself to you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (John 14:3, 18, & 21; Matthew 28:20)
By this sublime power we can penetrate … to the inmost Central Life, who says, “Call upon me, and I will answer.” For as long as God thinks of us we are in his presence, and as long as he loves us we are saved. If it be true that we exist by virtue of a continual derivation of life from him, we shall live as long as his being lasts. … And if God is love, and by virtue of the properties of an infinite Spirit, which take him out of the limitations of time and space, he is everywhere and in all things, we cannot by any possibility stray from the infinite Father’s presence, and his boundless, irrepressible and everlasting love.
– Warren Felt Evans, Soul and Body, 1876.
And, therefore, we having with us such an encompassing cloud of witnesses,
throwing off all weight, and seductive sin,
let us run persistently through our prescribed course;
looking forward to Jesus, the Leader and Trainer of our faith,
Who, striving for the reward prepared for Him,
endured the cross, despising its shame,
and sits on the right of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12: 1-2
The New Testament in Modern English
Ferrar Fenton, translator
Fourth Edition, 1906.