Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Dear Wife, Farewell

Dear wife, farewell!

(An excerpt from a letter by Christopher Love, to his wife, on the morning of his execution)

My most gracious beloved, I am now going from a prison to a palace! I have finished my work.

I am now to receive my wages. I am going to heaven! Rejoice in my joy. The joy of the Lord is my strength. O, let it be yours also!

Dear wife, farewell! I will call you wife no more! I shall see your face no more! Yet I am not much troubled; for now I am going to meet the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom I shall be eternally married!

Your dying, yet most affectionate friend until death, Christopher Love, August 22, 1651, the day of my glorification!

Are you this ready and sure to go meet your Savior?

Ok - I admit I had never heard of Christopher Love until this here is a brief bio from Wikipedia:

Love was born at Cardiff, in Glamorganshire, Wales, in 1618. He was educated at New Inn Hall, Oxford University, in 1635. After taking the master's degree he was obliged to leave Oxford for refusing to subscribe to Archbishop William Laud's canons.

He went to London, and became domestic chaplain to the sheriff, and took a bold stand against the errors of the Book of Common Prayer and the religious tyranny of the times. He was cast into prison on account of an aggressive sermon at Newcastle, and in various ways persecuted in London.

At the outbreak of the English Civil War, he was made preacher to the garrison of Windsor Castle, where he offended the Church establishment through his outspoken opinions.

He was one of the first to receive presbyterial ordination under the new organization in Jan. 23, 1644, at Aldermanbury; London; and became pastor of St Lawrence Jewry in London, where he was highly esteemed for the eloquence and vigor of his preaching.

He was a strong Presbyterian, the leader of the younger men of that party. In this way he became involved in a treasonable correspondence with the Presbyterians of Scotland to restore Charles II; and, with many others, was arrested May 7, 1651, and chosen to make an example of, to check the Presbyterian agitation against Oliver Cromwell and in favor of Charles II. Love was also a Westminster divine.

He was condemned and beheaded on Tower Hill, an event which caused great indignation among the Presbyterian party, which had petitioned, by ministerial bodies and parishes, in vain for his pardon. He went to his death as their hero and martyr. His funeral sermon was preached by Thomas Manton to an immense sympathizing audience.


Roland said...

Excellent post, Wayne.
Its good to show how different a people we are who follow Christ.

Nator said...

I like it. A presbyterian who is getting props! You go Dawg!

Doorman-Priest said...

Ah, British history eh? Murky doings a speciality!

I rather hoped you Colonials would make a better job of things......