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06/01/2013 / Test All Things

A Letter To Miss Richmond – June 9th, 1853

My dear Friend, Miss Richmond

I hope, if the Lord wills, and health and strength be given, to speak a little at Stadham on Thursday evening, the 23rd, on my way home. If your sister at Sutton Courtney would do me the kindness of meeting us with her sociable at the station, we could spend an hour or two with her before proceeding to Stadham; and I think Mrs. Philpot would like to see the place where her uncle was when in the Church of England.

It is some time since I was at Stadham, and I hope the Lord may bless the visit among my old friends. We hope that amid much weakness and ignorance He did bless us in times past, and He is the same gracious God now as He was then — “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And we, too, are the same poor and needy sinners who only see light in His light, and without whom, indeed, we can do nothing.

Many years have passed away since I first came to Stadham, and we have seen many changes in ourselves and others; but the foundation abides sure, and if we are indeed built on that we are safe amid all trials. You have seen two sisters who married with every prospect of worldly happiness widowed and bereft, and thus have in your own family the strongest testimony how fleeting and vanishing all dreams of earthly comfort are.

How good it is when these painful lessons produce spiritual abiding profit!

But, alas, we are slow and dull learners, and need line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, and, after all, often seem as if we knew nothing as we ought to know.

If salvation were not wholly of grace what hope could we have?

In this bottomless sea of mercy poor sinners can cast anchor when there is any discovery of this superabounding grace to their hearts.

Yours affectionately,
J. C. P.

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