Tuesday, 4 December 2012

All in God's hands

There is a recurring theme of trust in the providence of God throughout the collection of John Newton's letters gathered together in,  The aged pilgrims triumph over sin and the grave,  published in 1825. Writing to close friends in 1794 he says,
I am sorry that your nerves, or spirits, or whatever indescribable things the are, on which the comfort or enjoyment of life so greatly depends, are still very poorly; sickness and health are in a higher hand than that of an earthly physician, and if the Lord is pleased to lay an affliction upon us , no one can take it off without his leave or before his time. Events are at his disposal, but the use of prudent and probable means is our part 
Nothing about practising medicine in the 21st century nullifies these wise words.
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