When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.…
I. In all the PROCESSES OF NATURE. In the ravages of oceans, the flow of rivers, the crumbling of mountains, "nothing is lost; the drop of dew that trembles on leaf or flower, is but exhaled to fall anew, in summer thunder shower."
II. OF ALL THE COUNTLESS FORMS OF LIFE that have flourished and died since the beginning —
"The little drift of common dust,
By the March winds disturbed and tossed,
Though scattered by the fitful gust,
Is changed but never lost."
III. OF ANY WORK DONE FOR GOD, however humble. Sermons, prayers, contributions, etc. (Isaiah 55:11; Acts 10:4; Matthew 10:42). What an encouragement to parents, teachers, ministers, reformers.
(W. H. Van Doren, D. D.)
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