“Blue Star’s mama!” gasped Susanna. She danced around the boxed baking goods and dared to dream of re-opening her bakery. “Blue Star’s mama!” she whispered into the horse’s tough hide, as the years of sorrows slipped away.
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
—Luke 19:8-10 KJV
Susanna tugged out a quilt scrap from under the burnt timbers of the chapel. How could God allow His temple to be destroyed? How was it that her beloved husband died, while greedy thieves like Frederic Bucannon gloried in pleasure? She wondered at God’s leading. If Montana had told her of all these changes in Orchard Valley, she’d have been sorely tempted to settle in Sacramento.
“They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.”
—Psalm 74:7, 12, 21 KJV
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
—Isaiah 61:10 KJV
“Let the reader try to picture the scene. Here stands the law as the swift witness against the sinner. It cannot change, and it will not call a sinner a righteous man. The convicted sinner tries again and again to obtain righteousness from the law, but it resists all his advances. It cannot be bribed by any amount of penance or professedly good deeds. But here stands Christ, “full of grace” as well as of truth, calling the sinner to Him. At last the sinner, weary of the vain struggle to get righteousness from the law, listens to the voice of Christ and flees to His outstretched arms. Hiding in Christ, he is covered with His righteousness, and now behold! He has obtained, through faith in Christ, that for which he has been vainly striving. He has the righteousness, which the law requires, and it is the genuine article, because he obtained it from the Source of Righteousness, from the very place whence the law came.”
—Christ and His Righteousness by Ellet J. Waggoner