I have just been informed of the loss of your dear wife
(Letters of John Berridge)
I have just been informed of the loss of your dear wife. She was mortal—but she has now become immortal! Should this cause you to grieve immoderately? O that I was where she is now!
"Safe landed on that peaceful shore,
Where pilgrims meet to part no more."
She was once a mourning sinner in the wilderness—but is now a glorified saint in Zion! The Lord has become her "everlasting light, and the days of her mourning are ended!" She was once afflicted with bodily pains and weakness, encompassed with family cares, and harassed with a crowd of anxious, needless fears. She is now arrived at her Father's house! Jesus has wiped away all tears from her eyes, and freed her in a moment from pain, and care, and fear, and want! Shall this make you sorrow, as those who have no hope?
You have not left your wife—she has only left you for a little moment. She has left her husband on earth—to dwell with her glorious Father in Heaven. She expects your arrival there soon, to join her Hallelujahs for redeeming love.
And are you still weeping? Weeping because your wife can weep no more; weeping because she is happy—eternally, gloriously happy? Are you weeping because she is joined to the blessed assembly where all are kings and priests—weeping, because she is where you would be, and long to be eternally?
The Lord Jesus has called her home to His kingdom, to draw your soul more ardently thither! He has broken up a cistern—to bring you nearer, and keep you closer to the overflowing fountain of all felicity!
"Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd;
He will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes!" Revelation 7:16-17