“Sighing for Jesus!”

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”  ~ Psalm 42:1-2

“I have just been reading of the last days of a true believer, and his whole dying experience was comprehended in one sentence, “I am sighing for Jesus!” He did not sigh for life, nor for ease–but he was I cannot help observing, how much of my experience now, is expressed in those words, “I am sighing for Jesus.” Yes, yes, I can do without riches, or fame, or the honor which man confers. I am pretty well content with what providence sends me–and yet I often sigh, and sigh deeply too. Some would think me unhappy, but I am not. Some may conclude I am discontented with my situation in life, but I am not. Yet I sigh, I often sigh for Jesus.”

By James Smith, “Sighing for Jesus!” 1858, Grace Gems <pilgrim@ gracegems.org>

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