9*. We Cannot Always Trace the Way

8,8,8,4.
by Sir J. Bowering
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We cannot always trace the way
 
Where Thou, our gracious Lord, dost move;
 
But we can always surely say,
 
That God is love.
Isaiah 42:16; 1 John 4:8
2
When fear its gloomy cloud will fling
 
O'er earth—our souls, to heaven above,
 
As to their sanctuary, spring,
 
For God is love.
Isaiah 8:14
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When clouds hang o'er our darkened path,
 
We'll check our dread, each doubt reprove;
 
For here each saint sweet comfort hath,
 
That God is love.
2 Corinthians 1:3
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Yes, Thou art love—a truth like this
 
Can every gloomy thought remove,
 
And turn our tears and woes to bliss;
 
Our God is love.
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
“And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:14)
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)