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My dear, by what I write unto thee, I do not hereby undertake to teach thee; for these comforts I have received from the Lord by thee.I will write no more, nor trouble thee any further, but commit thee into the arms of God with whom ere long thee and I shall be.Thou dost but leave earth for heaven and changest a prison for a palace.And if natural affections should begin to arise, I hope that the spirit of grace that is within thee will quell them, knowing that all things here below are but dung and dross in comparison of those things that are above.Thou leavest but children, brothers, and sisters to go to the Lord Jesus, thy eldest Brother.
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When thou art putting thy clothes on that morning, O think, “I am now putting on my wedding garments to go to be married to my everlasting Redeemer.” When the messenger of death comes to thee, let him not seem dreadful to thee, but look on him as a messenger that brings thee tidings of eternal life.
When thou goest up the scaffold, think (as thou saidst to me) that it is but thy fiery chariot to carry thee up to thy Father’s house.
This letter has perhaps stuck with me more than anything from the series. It is a testament to the mind-transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Before I write a word further, I beseech thee to think not that it is thy wife but a friend now that writes to thee.
I hope thou hast freely given up thy wife and children to God, who hath said in Jeremiah , “Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy widow trust in me.” Thy Maker will be my husband, and a Father to thy children.