“The wilderness (Jeremiah 31:2) is God’s ‘qualifying’ class for His children! We have so often to learn the hard way! What is your ‘wilderness’? Sorrow, loneliness, poverty of spirit? Have you found grace there? It is at hand. Lord, open mine eyes that I may see!”

(Rev James Philip, Notes on Jeremiah 31:1-3, Gardesnstown Church, Saturday 4th August 1956)