Posted by: Kristy | March 24, 2010

For Rachel

O death! Why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest?  Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight?  If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit; thou mightest be thanked then.  But why wilt thou fell the goodly cedars of Lebanon?  O stay thine axe, and spare the righteous.  But no, it must not be; death smites the goodliest of our friends; the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy, the most devoted must die.  And why?  It is through Jesus’ prevailing prayer—”Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.”  It is that which bears them on eagle’s wings to heaven.  Every time a believer mounts from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ’s prayer…. Lord, Thou shalt have them.  By faith we let them go.”

-Charles Spurgeon

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