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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 182

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To [Rev. J. W. Harrald].

[Undated.]

DEAR HARRALD, —

The Lord Himself comfort you. What can we do?

He is your Helper. I think we can manage the letters until you can come. I am better this morning, but I have had a thorough knock over such as I little expected. The Lord’s hand is in all these troubles. Get out of your house as soon as you can or we may have you ill also. The Lord bless thee and keep thee, dear Brother, and be more than ever thy Comforter.

Yours in great sympathy,

C. H. SPURGEON.

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 181

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To [Rev. W. Y. Fullerton].

WESTWOOD, Feb. 17, 1886.

DEAR BROTHER, —

I am sorely afflicted in your affliction. What a grand voice is thus silenced! Rest. Leave all thought of the work. The Lord will help me in this extremity. Only do you be still. In this will lie your hope. A good wife and a quiet mind stayed on God will be the best helps to recovery. Mrs. Spurgeon grieves much. My true love be with you ever.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 180

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To [Rev. F. J. Feltham].

MENTONE. [Undated.]

DEAR MR. FELTHAM,—

It is a great sorrow to lose such a mother, but also a great joy to know it is well with her. She could not have passed away under happier circumstances. She must have been glad to see her son so happily settled, and then gladder still to be with her Lord for ever. No lingering sickness, no fierce pain; but gentle dismission, and instant admission into the glory. I envy her as much as I dare. The Lord be with you and your beloved, and comfort you to the full!

Your sympathizing friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 179

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To [Rev. W. J. Mayers].

CLAPHAM, July 25, 1874.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I am deeply grieved by the sad news which has just arrived by telegram. It is unexpected indeed. I pray that your will may run side by side with that of your Lord, and may you even thank Him, “for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” He can see no reason or goodness in the removal because we are quite unable to see afar off, but faith knows that there is both wisdom and love in it, and leaves all to the far seeing Lord. The Comforter will be with you; a deeper experience of trial will prepare you for greater heights of service. Sharp pruning will increase sweet fruit.

With the utmost love,

Your sympathizing friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 178

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To [Rev. W. Cuff].

NIGHTINGALE LANE, Nov. 30.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I beseech our Lord to minister comfort both to you and your sorrowing wife. It must be a very severe stroke to you, and it is a sign that our Father loves you very much and thinks a great deal of you. I had a watch once which I allowed to lie at ease and never worried it with cleaning for I thought it worthless; but one which keeps time to a second gets wound up every night with a key which touches its inmost springs, and sometimes it gets taken to pieces — for it is worth it.

You will have the presence of the Comforter in this trial. You are dear to me for your work’s sake and also for yourself.

May all grace abound towards you by Christ Jesus.

Your busy friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 177

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To [Rev. Thomas Curme.]

WESTWOOD, June 12, 1884.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I casually heard from Mr. Abraham that you were in, but I had no idea that it was a serious matter; but Mr. Rochfort has kindly given me further news.

I feel very sad about it, but I am sure you do not. The loss will be ours, and Heaven and you will gain.

Dear loving brother, you have nothing now to do but to go home; and what a home! You will be quite at home where all is love, for you have lived in that blessed element, and are filled with it. I shall soon come hobbling after you, and shall find you out. We are bound to gravitate to each other whether here or in glory. We love the same Lord, and the same blessed truth.

May the everlasting arms be underneath you! I breathe for you a loving, tender prayer, — “ Lord, comfort Thy dear servant, and when he departs, may it be across a dried-up river into the land of living fountains!”

I am fifty next Thursday, and you are near your Jubilee. In this we are alike; but Jesus is the highest joy. Into the Father’s hands I commit you, “until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”

Your loving brother,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 176

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To [Mr. E. H. Bartlett].

MENTONE, Dec. 14, ‘87.

DEAR MR. BARTLETT, —

I sorrow with you over the departure of your little Lillie; but you will feel that there is honey with the gall. She was a dear child ready to take her place with the shining ones. Grandmother will receive her as a messenger from you.

May peace and consolation flow into the heart of yourself and wife. I send you a little check to ease the expense. I cannot ease your pain but there is “another Comforter” Who can and will do so. Receive my hearty sympathy. We are all going the same way. The little one has outrun us; we shall catch her up soon.

Yours very heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.