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66 The cup

suffer, even more than you do. Above all, think of Him who suffered so bitterly, but yet so cheerfully—and that for your sake—who said, as His darkest hour drew near, which

my

Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Ah, if Jesus is with you—if He “speaks peace” to your soul-your gloomy chamber will be lighted up, , and a peace will be there which the world knows not of. How true it is that “afflictions are blessings to us, when we can bless God for our afflictions.”

It was said of a young Christian sufferer that, “Notwithstanding the sadness of seeing her suffer, her room was the happiest place in all the house—the place where her sisters were sure to see the bright side of things, and to learn that to the watchful

eye

and thankful heart

mercies lie thickly strewn along the path of suffering.”

Some murmur when their sky is clear,

And wholly bright to view,
If one small speck of dark appear

In their great heaven of blue.
While some with thankful love are filled,

If but one streak of light,
One ray of God's great mercy, gild

The darkness of their night.

CHAPTER IV.

A FEW HINTS* WHICH CONCERN THE

BODY.

You are now in your sick-room ; and if I mention a few little matters which will make that room more comfortable to you, I feel that they will not be out of place in a book like this.

1. A word about Fresh Air. One generally sees a sick-chamber carefully closed up, as if air was the great enemy to guard against. But this is altogether a mistake; for the sick person needs air as much as those in health, and even more.

* Many of these are taken from a valuable little book called “Plain Words about Sickness.”

Don't be afraid then of opening your window. In nine cases out of ten it will do more good than harm. And nothing presses down the spirits than

a close, ill-ventilated

more

room.

2. Keep out as much as possible all Bad Smells, for they act like poison to the lungs and stomach, and most effectually prevent us from getting well. Dirty clothes should never be left in the room.

3. Let me give you a few hints about your

Bed. The best bed for a sick person, or for a healthy one either, is, I believe, a hair mattress. And if that cannot be procured, almost as good and wholesome a bed, and certainly a very cheap one, is a mattress stuffed with clean, dry chaff.

The worst is a feather bed, for it heats the body, and makes the skin tender.

4. As regards Food. It is unwise to be always pressing a sick person to eat, when he has lost his appetite. In such a case the food will not nourish him, if he takes it. The stomach is now very feeble, and must not be overloaded. One often sees two or three kinds of food by the bedside. The sight of this is quite enough to disgust the patient, and make him loathe it. Let it be kept out of view, and only a little brought at a time, as the sick person needs it.

. 5. If you want to keep off Infection, let cleanliness be specially attended to. Let the floor be constantly scrubbed with

soap

and water. Keep a little bit of window open to air the Remove the curtains, if

possible, and especially round the bed,

room.

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