"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  Ecclesiastes 3:1

by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Tradition tells us that one day a hunter found the Apostle John seated on the ground playing with a tame quail.  The hunter expressed his surprise that a man so earnest should be spending his time so profitlessly.  John looked up and asked, "Why is the bow on your shoulder unstrung?"  To this the hunter replied,"If kept always taut, it would lose its spring."  The kindly apostle said with a smile, :For this same reason I play with this bird."
We must know how to put occupation aside.  In an inaction which is mediative, the wrinkles of the soul are smoothed away.
It is not possible for many to have holidays at seashores or in mountain glens.  We are a busy folk, and we must learn the blessed secret of resting just where we are.
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman was the wife of Rev. Charles Cowman, founder of the Oriental Missionary Society. This organization was founded by Rev. Cowman with the purpose of evangelizing and setting up native ministries in Japan, Korea, China, and Formosa. Rev. and Mrs. Cowman served for 20 years until Rev. Cowman's failing health forced them to return to their home in California.

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