John Bunyon from Prison in Grace Abounding

by kurt680

john bunyon

CHILDREN, grace be with you, Amen. I being

taken from you in presence, and so tied up, that I

cannot perform that duty that from God doth lie

upon me to youward, for your further edifying and

building up in faith and holiness, <fec, yet that you

may see my soul hath fatherly care and desire after

your spiritual and everlasting welfare; I now once

again, as before, from the top of Shenir and Hermon,

so ‘now’ from the lions’ dens, from the

mountains of the leopards, Song iv. 8, do look yet

after you all, greatly longing to see your safe

arrival into the desired haven.*

I thank God upon every remembrance of you;

and rejoice, even while I stick between the teeth

of the lions in the wilderness, at the grace, and

mercy, and knowledge of Christ our Saviour, which

God hath bestowed upon you, with abundance of

faith and love. Your hungerings and thirstings

also after further acquaintance with the Father, in

his Son; your tenderness of heart, your trembling

at sin, your sober and holy deportment also, before

both God and men, is great refreshment to me;

” For ye are my glory and joy.” iTh.iL 20. –John Bunyon