Letter 25

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1847.
My Very Dear Sister,
I have long been feeling as though it was some time since a little remembrance passed between us; but this has arisen I think from the recollection that our dear Mrs. W ... . was forming a kind of constant link between us, and through her we heard of each other. It has pleased the Lord to visit you all again. Many a time in your little history, as well as in your own person, dear sister, has this been. But you are abundantly entitled to regard all these dealings of His hands as the visits of a friend, or of one who loves you and would bring Himself near you. They are sore to nature indeed. And He would have them felt to be so. But no interruption of them is to be allowed for a moment, that would leave a speck behind it on the character of His perfect and everlasting grace. The laborers in the vineyard thought that they had the character of their employer at their mercy. He had dealt with them in a way that seemed to defy all vindication. But the next moment was sufficient to give them their answer, and the Lord of the vineyard shows them abundant ground for suspecting that the error and evil were altogether rather with themselves and not a bit of them with Him.
How sweet a light that is in which to read the way and dealings of the Lord at times. We think that some of His doings are beyond vindication, so unaccountable, so contrary to all the natural sense we might have of righteousness and goodness-like the paying of a laborer the same wages for one hour's work as was paid to another for eleven! For what could appear more monstrous I But it is only to wait, and He will be His own interpreter, as He is in that parable. (See Matt. xx.) He will prove that He has done no wrong, and acted graciously, and will give reason to know that if His way be objected to, the objection must come from a tainted moral spring in the heart of the accuser himself, as He does there. Very comforting, darling, this hint from the parable is. And though the soul may not need it, through simplicity and faith of its exercises, yet it is well to have the thoughts strengthened by such a witness.
Give my love in the Lord to your dear mother, and tell her I desire grace to feel for her in this last bereavement. My love also to dear Dr. T ... . We are not welcoming the thought of dear Mrs. W ... . 's removal from us. Her activity among us has been valuable to the poor, and her spirit, in the liberty and light of it, a comfort and encouragement to the saints.
I am sending this through dear Mrs. B ... . She is diffident, and would not at once let another know her foibles, but I have been witness to some precious exercises of her soul-and in a cold and formal day, beloved sister, like the present, that is sweet to one.
The Lord bless you, sustain, and lead you daily And believe me in the dear love of Jesus,
Ever yours,
J. G. B.