God is my strength and my portion forever.
On this day, July 28, in the year of our Lord 1701, Sarah Pierpont Edwards was born. Like her husband, Jonathan Edwards, she, too, encountered the manifest presence of Christ, often spending 13 hours a day with the Lord in prayer. She and Jonathan parented eleven children - three sons and eight daughters. Their family life was often filled with the manifest presence of Christ. She wrote,
“I fell into great flows of tears, and could not forbear weeping aloud. It appeared certain to me that God was my Father, and Christ my Lord and Savior, that He was mine and I His. Under a delightful sense of the immediate presence and love of God, these words seemed to come over and over in my mind. ‘My God, my all; my God, my all.’ The presence of God was so near, and so real, that I seemed scarcely conscious of anything else. God, the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ seemed as distinct persons, both manifesting their inconceivable loveliness, and mildness, and gentleness, and their great and immutable love to me. I seemed to be taken under the care in charge of my God and Savior, in an inexpressibly endearing manner; and Christ appeared to me as a mighty Savior, under the character of the lion of the tribe of Judah, taking my heart, with all its corruption, under His care, and putting it at His feet. In all things, which concerned me, I felt myself safe under the protection of the Father… The peace and happiness which I hereupon felt was altogether inexpressible…I seemed to be lifted able earth and hell, out of the reach of everything here below, so that I could look on all the rage and enmity of men… The same time I felt compassion and love for all mankind…I continued in a very sweet and lively sense of divine things, day and night.”
Father God, today I make my heart cry, “My God, my all; My God, my all.”
This daily Christ-encountering, fire-starter is not intended to replace your daily Bible reading and prayer time, but rather to motivate you to spend extended time in His presence.
YEAR ON FIRE
© Fred A. Hartley, III
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