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Thought from the Word

June 5, 2017

A THOUGHT FROM THE WORD

Isaiah 64:6

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”

Queen Victoria stopped one day at a paper-mill near Windsor Castle, and was shown through it by the foreman. He did not know who she was, as she was alone and was plainly dressed. The queen was intensely interested in every process of the paper-maker's art. She was conducted at last to a place where a number of rag-pickers were emptying out the dirty rags which they had gathered from the gutters and alleys of the great city. There was a large pile of these filthy, blackened rags, which looked as if they never could be made clean. The queen asked the foreman what he would do with these. To her amazement, he told her that he would make them into the finest, whitest paper. When the queen had gone, the foreman learned who she was. Some days after, there was received at the palace — a package of the purest, most delicate paper, having the queen's likeness stamped upon it, with a note from the foreman of the mill, telling her that this paper was made from the very rags she had seen on her visit! In the same way, the Holy Spirit takes human lives, ruined and blackened by sin — makes them whiter than snow, and stamps upon them the holy image of Jesus! (copied)Won’t you let Jesus take your sin away and make your soul white and clean?

God can take the most sin-soiled soul — and give to it radiant beauty!