“The Grace of Sympathy”

“Sympathy in one another’s joys and sorrows
costs little, and yet is a grace of most mighty power.
Like the oil on the wheels of some large engine,
it may seem a trifling and unimportant thing; yet
in reality it has an immense influence on the comfort
and well working of the whole machine of society.
A kind word of congratulation or consolation is
seldom forgotten. The heart that is warmed by
good tidings, or chilled by affliction, is peculiarly
susceptible, and sympathy to such a heart is
often more precious than gold.”  ~ J. C. Ryle, 1858

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