“In the summer of 1892, a young British physician named Wilfred Grenfell arrived at the Labrador coast aboard the medical vessel Albert. He would spend the rest of his life providing medical services to Labrador and northern Newfoundland.”
– Youtube, “The Grenfell Mission”
That is what life means to me–a place where a Father above deals differently with his different children, but with all in love; a place where true joys do not hang on material pegs, and where all the while the fact that God our Father is on his throne lines every cloud with gold.
Death does not spell loss of life; unused talents mean really lost lives.
Faith in Christ is a life factor to me. It is not so much a way of escape from sins and sins’ punishment as a road to abundant achievement. It is a way to save, not my soul but my life.
It is a simple fact, that, just as the virtues must spring from within and cannot be compelled from without, as they must arise from a new heart and not from fear of punishment, so true and permanent satisfactions are in reality absolutely independent of things material. The perfect peace that is possible in life is not spelled by riches, leisure, or ornate surroundings. Peace is so shy a maiden that she cannot be caught by genius or wealth, cannot be gained by the lullaby of atheism or of false prophets, or by narcotizing the soul’s sensibilities with abandonment or dopes. It is simply a physical impossibility. Peace is the gift of God the Father to his good children.
– Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865 – 1940)
– excerpts from What Life Means to Me, 1910
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Bible, New International Version