“A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. Oh that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness, that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. Oh what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left us! We are all given to God: and there I am, and love to be.” — Sarah Edwards (who was also suffering from health complications) in a letter to her daughter Esther after the death of Jonathan and also a few weeks following the death of Esther’s husband.
I wrote a term paper a while back about Jonathan and Sarah Edwards’ “Uncommon Union” and always come back to this last letter that Sarah wrote to her daughter following her husbands seemingly premature death. In this letter there is so much hope, peace, and faith in a Sovereign and good God. I love how Jonathan had prepared his family so well for tragedy, death, and suffering — even in the midst of the sadness and tragedy of his death they were able to “adore his [God’s] goodness,” he had led his family well, by example. He served his family well leading them to God’s glory and they knew that joy could exist in the midst of sorrow and suffering.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2