“Be always comforting of your selves with the thoughts of your Adoption: Draw your comforts at this tap, fetch your consolations from this relation; be therefore often chewing upon the precious priviledges of it, and make them your rejoicing. Let this joy out-strip the verdure of every other joy.
Let this joy dispel the mists of every sorrow, and clear up your souls in the midst of all troubles and difficulties as you await heavenly glory, where you will live out your perfect adoption by forever communing with the Triune God. There you will dwell at the fountain, and swim for ever in those bankless, and bottomless Oceans of Glory.”
– Samuel Willard, The Child’s Portion: Or the Unseen Glory of the Children of God (Boston: Samuel Green, 1684), 54, 66-70. Cited in Joel R Beeke, “The Puritans on Adoption,” in A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), 554.