-Martin Luther from The Holiness of God
“The best room became the library. ‘We never encumbered ourselves’, said Mrs. Spurgeon, ‘with what a modern writer calls “the draw-back of a drawing room”, perhaps for the good reason that we were such homely, busy people that we had no need of so useless a place- but more especially, I think, because the best room was always felt to belong by right to the one who “labored much in the Lord”. Never have I regretted this early decision; it is a wise arrangement for a minister’s house, if not for any other.'” (pg 156)
“But I verily believe that when I join him, “beyond the smiling and the weeping”, there will be tender remembrances of all these details of earthly love and of the plenitudes of blessings which it garnered in our united lives. Surely we shall talk of all these things in the pauses of adoring worship and joyful service. There must be sweet converse in heaven between those who loved and suffered and served together here below. Next to the rapture of seeing the King in his beauty and beholding the face of him who redeemed us to God by his blood, must be the happiness of the communion of saints in that place of inconceivable blessedness which God has prepared for them that love him.'” (pg 180)
And with that, Mrs. Spurgeon, I heartily agree.
“We ought in the very order of things [in creation] diligently to contemplate God’s fatherly love…[for as] a foreseeing and diligent father of the family he shows his wonderful goodness toward us….To conclude once for all, whenever we call God the Creator of heaven and earth, let us at the same time bear in mind that….we are indeed his children, whom he as received into his faithful protection to nourish and educate…So, invited by the great sweetness of his benefice and goodness, let us study to love and serve him with all our heart. “
~ John Calvin from Delighting in the Trinity
Here’s to my dad who has modeled godliness and joyful servanthood my entire life and caused me to love my heavenly Father all the more.