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    Jonathan Edwards' Letter to his son

    I recently came across this letter from Jonathan Edwards to his son, (found at Sean Higgin's blog at http://seankhiggins.blogspot.com).

    It speaks of the uncertainty of life, the solemn reality of eternal things and the heartfelt passion of a father to see his child find his eternal comfort in the one true Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. His son, Jonathan Edwards Jr., was away on a missionary trip among the Indians at the time, being the tender age of 9.

    Stockbridge, May 27, 1755

    Dear Child:

    Though you are a great way off from us, yet you are not out of our minds: I am full of concern for you, often think of you, and often pray for you. Though you are at so great a distance from us, and from your all your relations, yet this is a comfort to us, that the same God that is here as also at Onohoquaha and that though you are out of our sight, and out of our reach, you are always in God's hands, who is infinitely gracious; and we can go to Him, and commit you to His care and mercy. Take heed that you don't forget or neglect Him. Always set God before your eyes, and live in His fear, and seek Him every day with all diligence: for He, and He only can make you happy or miserable as He pleases; and your Life and Health, and the eternal salvation of your soul and your all in this life and that which is to come depends on His will and pleasure.

    The week before last, on Thursday, David died; whom you knew and used to play with, and who used to live at our house. His soul is gone into the eternal world. Whether he was prepared for death, we don't know. This is a loud call of God to you to prepare for death. You see that they that are young die, as well as those that are old; David was not very much older than you. Remember what Christ said, that you must be born again, or you never can see the Kingdom of God. Never give yourself any rest unless you have good evidence that you are converted and become a new creature.

    We hope that God will preserve your life and health, and return you to Stockbridge again in safety; but always remember that life is uncertain; you know not how soon you must die, and therefore had need to be always ready. We have very lately heard from your brothers and sisters at Northhampton and at Newark, that they are well. Your aged grandfather and grandmother, when I was at Windsor gave their love to you. We here all do the same.

    I am, your tender and affectionate father,
    Jonathan Edwards

    Posted by John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on January 9, 2006 12:01 PM

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    Wow. What an awesome letter. This truly was a great man of God.

    Thanks for this great blog. It is good to see others spreading the faith. I pray that your work will have a great impact.

    Jonathan Edwards was so much more than a theologian. The tenderness in which he revealed the death of his son's friend is touching. Also, I appreciated the eternal messages he empahsized to his son through this. He did not flinch from telling his son that life is uncertain. This message along with the godliness of men like Edwards is sorely missing from our post-modern church. This should draw each of us to self-examination about our devotion and daily submission to our Lord.

    In Christ,

    Mike Ratliff
    http://www.mikeratliff.com
    http://walkingthewalkbyfaith.blogspot.com/

    Wow this is so helpful to me and my friends in my congregation. May God keep us faithfully training up our children in the Lord and continuing to encourage, provoke, bear burdens, love, and exhort our children.

    Is this David meaning, David Brainerd? I know that he died at the Edward's home at a young age...
    If so - what a different mindset had Edwards than some today who assume that every good or professingly Christian person goes to heaven. Of David Brainerd(if that's who this is), whom we know as a great, saintly missionary, Edwards says: "Whether he was prepared for death or not, we don't know"
    What a sober, honest way of speaking and thinking, what a deep reverence for all things pertaining to the soul Edwards had!
    This letter shows humility toward God who knows all things, while we know very little.

    i wouldlike to see more pic

    David Brainerd diet in 1847, so he could not be the David referenced in this letter (since Edwards said he died the week before last).

    Incredibly cool! I assistance your view!

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