Leaves of Life - November 14


  • Bishop Hoadley born 1676.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel born 1805.
  • Robert Smythe Hichens born 1864.

Give us, O give us, the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is better than any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness.
—Thomas Carlyle.


What doctor possesses such curative resources as those latent in a single ray of hope? The mainspring of life is in the heart. Joy is the vital air of the soul, and grief is a kind of asthma complicated by atony.

I will sing unto Jehovah as long as I live:

I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.

—Psalm 104. 33.


Loving Father, restore the spirit of gentleness and meekness if it may be withered within me, that I may be contented. May I make it a habit to be happy over my work and cheerful about my duties. May I never lose the view of the glory of thy kingdom. Amen.

Originally published November 14, 2018.