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Life-Rests

"There is no music in a rest, but there is the making of music in it." In our whole life-melody the music is broken off here and there by "rests," and we foolishly think we have come to the end of the tune. God sends a time of forced leisure, sickness, disappointed plans, and frustrated efforts, and makes a sudden pause in the choral hymns of our lives, and we lament that our voices must be silent and our part missing in the music which ever goes up to the ear of the Creator. See him beat the time with unvarying count and catch up the next note as if no breaking place had come between.
 
Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune and not be dismayed at the "rests." They are not to be omitted. If we look up, God himself will beat the time for us. With the eye on Him, we shall strike the next note full and clear.— John Ruskin.

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