For centuries the effigy of the `Black Prince' has stood in Canterbury Cathedral, but until a few years ago no one knew it was made of pure gold. Its blackness from centuries of grime and a coating of protective enamel was appropriate to the memory of the fourteenth century Edward, Prince of Wales, who fought so heroically in the wars with France and died before he assumed the throne. Recently the coating was removed, and Edward the 'Black Prince', so named because he wore black armor, stood forth a beautiful statue of gold! A critic has said, 'It is the most magnificent tomb and statue in England.'
There are times in our Christian experience when the fine gold becomes dim and tarnished, but God's desire for us is that all the grime should be removed in order that our life and witness might be bright and lustrous before men. The fine gold of Christian experience needs no dull covering. Let it shine!—Indian Christian
(Job. 23. 10; 1 Pet. 1. 7).