Saturday, March 07, 2015

Rutherford: why the sad heart?

Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
    ... and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
    —Isaiah 35:10 (NIV)
    I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart, considering what their Lord is preparing for them.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, 1643, p. 74 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 35:10; Matt. 5:4; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Jas. 1:2; Rev. 21:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You lift the hearts of the sorrowful.
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