07 September 2010

Quite A Letter

Imagine getting a letter like this from a young man interested in your daughter:

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure for a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death.  Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God?  Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness, brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from the heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

This is the letter that Adoniram Judson sent to his future father-in-law when requesting the honor of marrying his daughter Ann.

Kind of makes you stop and think, doesn't it.  What am I willing to endure for the Kingdom?

1 comment:

Sandra Slawson said...

It gave me chills.