Sunday, September 18, 2011
Oh to be a Lady beloved of that Great Being
They say there is a young lady
who is loved of that Great Being,
Who made and rules the world,
and that there are certain seasons
in which this Great Being,
in some way or other invisible,
comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight;
and that she hardly cares for anything,
except to meditate on Him—
that she expects after a while to be received up where He is,
to be raised up out of the world and caught up into heaven;
being assured that He loves her too well
to let her remain at a distance from Him always.
There she is to dwell with Him,
and to be ravished with His love and delight forever.
Therefore, if you present all the world before her,
with the richest of its treasures,
she disregards it and cares not for it,
and is unmindful of any pain or affliction.
She has a strange sweetness in her mind,
and singular purity in her affections;
is most just and conscientious in all her conduct;
and you could not persuade her to do anything wrong or sinful,
if you would give her all the world, lest she should offend this Great Being.
She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness, and universal benevolence of mind;
especially after this Great God has manifested Himself to her mind.
She will sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly;
and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure;
and no one knows for what.
She loves to be alone, walking in the fields and groves,
and seems to have some One invisible
always conversing with her.
~ Jonathan Edwards, describing his dear wife Sarah
I want to be like Sarah Edwards when I grow up.
Posted by Paula at 8:03 PM