“To love you is my honor. That I may love you is my privilege. And in as far as I do love you so far am I happy. How is it, then, that this divine duty of loving you meets with so much opposition! Hell and earth bid me hate you; sinners will not let me avow my love to you; corruption within, cares and concerns without, check my love; unbelief cools my love, ‘for faith works by love,’ and love bears proportion to faith. In what a melancholy case am I!”
“What makes the triumphant eternal state so glorious, so desirable but because their love is perfect without fear, their adorations without distractions, their conceptions bright without misapprehensions, their praise without interruption, their knowledge clear without confusion, their vision perfect, their views fixed; and all their souls strengthened in God, replenished with God, and going out on God. In loving you, I begin the felicity of eternity, and anticipate the bliss above. I will love you for yourself, and your saints for your sake, for your image shining in them. I will hate my enmity against you, and grieve that I cannot love you as you deserve; and wait for that day when I shall love you as I desire, because I shall see and enjoy you as you are!”
By James Meikle, “Solitude Sweetened” 1730-1799, www.gracegems.org.