Consolation

*Many, many thanks for your loving sympathy in my bereavement. . . . I do from day to day and every day so delight in the love of Jesus, satisfy my thirsty heart when most desolate from his fullness, feed and rest in green pastures in the recognition that his will has been done and is being done, as no words can express.He only knows what her absence is to me. Twelve and a half years of such unbroken spiritual fellowship, united labor, mutual satisfaction and love, fall to the lot of very few . . . but were the loss less, I should know less of his power and sustaining love. (Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, 197)

**No language can express what [Christ] has been and is to me. Never does he leave me; constantly does he cheer me with his love. He who once wept at the grave of Lazarus often now weeps in and with me. . . .Often I find myself wondering whether it is possible for her, who is taken, to have more joy in his presence than he has given me.At times he allows me to realize all I had in her, but have no longer. . . . And then he who will soon come and wipe away every tear comes and takes all bitterness from my tears and fills my heart with deep, true, unutterable gladness. (208)

Two Letters of Grief and Hope Hudson Taylor wrote after his wife’s passing, How God Comforted Him, *first to William Berger and **second to Mary Berger, William’s wife.

The pain in this world, due to the loss of a loved one, the pain of betrayal, pain due to sickness, pain brought forth by wrong choices. In all these pains, of both Body and Heart, which are unbearable to carry, Which darkens all our hopes and robs us of all our strength. There is Consolation in Christ Jesus. He can console us in ways deeper than understanding. He knows our pain of both Body and Heart as it is to us because He went through it all. Jesus is not Judgmental but Gentle and Loving, None can know you as Jesus does or none can console as He does.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

…”I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

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*https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/his-wife-went-home-too-soon

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