Laymen's Missionary Conference
ALASKA DAYS 7/1TH JOHN MUIB 4 me by the collar with his teeth. My weight on his jaws dragged his outwards. It was utterly impossible, yet he did itJ Holding ine by his teeth as a panther her cub, he dragged me, a helpless weight,clinging like a spider to a wall, up some fifteen feet by main strength till he came to a little ledge. And all that night, imprisoned between cliffs, that night of darkness and wildness — how that man with hands and feet and eyes and heart took care of me, doing for me the things that I could not do myself, until the morning came and found us among friends. Can I ever forget that friend? Could he ask me for anything during all his life and I not give it? Gould he make any demand upon me, and I say no? He risked his life a thousand times for me. Dear friends, let me apply what he did to what Christ did for all humanity. He more than risked his life to save us. With the hand that bears the print of the nail, all through the night he has suffered and has been our care-taker, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves, and he has promised to care for us till the morning dawns and finds us with friends and home and safety. Can we forget that friend? Can he make any demands on us and we say no,for did he not give his life for us? And he asks you and me to give the service of our lives to show our love —"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." :|Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
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