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After William Carey (1761-1834) was well established in his pioneer missionary work in India, his supporters in England sent a printer to assist him. Soon the two men were turning out portions of the Bible for distribution. Carey had spent many years learning the language so that he could produce the scriptures in the local dialect. He had also prepared dictionaries and grammars for the use of his successors.

One day while Carey was away, a fire broke out and completely destroyed the building, the presses, many Bibles, and the precious manuscripts, dictionaries, and grammars. When he returned and was told of the tragic loss, he showed no sign of despair or impatience. Instead, he knelt and thanked God that he still had the strength to do the work over again. He started immediately, not wasting a moment in self-pity. Before his death, he had duplicated and even improved on his earlier achievements.

God hath not promised

skies always blue.

Flower strewn pathways

all our lives thro;

God hath not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

strength for the day.

Rest for the labor, light for the way.

Grace for the trials, help from above.

Unfailing kindness, undying love.

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