Nearness to the Lord

My head and paper alike warn me to close. I think of being off to-morrow (D. V.) direct for France, and am hurried too. Peace be with you, and nearness to Jesus, dear brother; that is our strength and joy. Having been in the third heaven did not give the strength; it in a certain sense necessitated the weakness, and then the strength came in. We do not know how to be weak, that is our weakness.
January 30th, 1847.