“Solitude, silence, and the strait keeping of the heart (Proverbs 4:23) are the foundations and grounds of a spiritual life.”
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“I may express all my complaints in one short sentence: I am a poor creature.
And all my hopes and comforts may be summed up as briefly by saying: I have a rich and gracious Saviour.
Full as I am in myself of inconsistencies and conflicts, I have in Him a measure of peace.
He found me in a waste howling wilderness. He redeemed me from the house of misery and bondage.
And though I have been ungrateful and perverse, He has not yet forsaken me. I trust He never will.
‘Unsustained by Thee I fall.’ But He is able to hold even me up: to pity, to support, and to supply me to the end of life.
How suitable a Saviour! He is made all things to those who have nothing, and He is engaged to help those who can do nothing.”
–John Newton, The Aged Pilgrim’s Thoughts Over Sin and the Grave, Illustrated in a Series of Letters to Walter Taylor, Never Before Published, by the Rev. John Newton (London: Baker and Fletcher, 2nd Ed., 1825), 6.
“Public affairs look darker still. Expectation is on tiptoe waiting for hourly news from all parts of the world but foreboding that the news, whenever it comes or from whatever quarter, will be distressing.
I am afraid what we next hear from America will not be pleasing. That unhappy country is still likely to be a scene of desolation and our people there likely to sink under the weight of pretended successes.
In the West Indies, Tobago is gone, and perhaps by this time some other of our islands. And the cry of oppression in the East Indies seems at length to have awakened judgment there.
Yet the spirit of the nation seems like that of the thoughtless mariner, asleep on the top of the mast, regardless of the danger every moment increasing.
Yet still I hope there is mercy. The gospel spreads, grace reigns, the number of praying souls is on the increase, and their prayers I trust will be heard.
We are sure that the Lord reigns; that the storm is guided by the hands which were nailed to the cross, and that as He loves His own, He will take care of them.
But they who have not an ark to hide themselves in will probably weep and wail before the indignation be over-past.
Blessed be God for a land of peace where sin and every sorrow will be excluded.”
–John Newton, as quoted in Josiah Bull, Memorials of the Rev. William Bull, of Newport Pagnel: 1738-1814, (London: James Nisbet and Company, 1864), 88-89. This letter was written in April 1781.