Saturday, January 16, 2016

From a Letter by John Newton dated February, 1774 to a Nobleman

My Lord,
.....He is near and attentive to every one of them, as if there was only that one.  This high and lofty One, who inhabits eternity, before whom the angels veil their faces, condescends to hold communion with those whom men despise.  He sees not as man seeth-—rides on a cloud disdainful of a sultan or a czar, to manifest himself to an humble soul in a mud-walled cottage.  He comforts them when in trouble, strengthens them when weak, makes their beds in sickness, revives them when fainting, upholds them when falling, and so seasonably and effectually manages for them, that though they are persecuted and tempted, though their enemies are many and mighty, nothing that they feel or fear is able to separate them from his love.
.....But when he has a work to accomplish, and his time is come, however inadequate and weak the means he employs may seem to a carnal eye, the success is infallibly secured; for all things serve him, and are in his hands as clay in the hands of the potter.  Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty! just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.....
                                                                                                                                              John Newton

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