The Letters of Ruth Bryan, 1805-1860

The riches of Christ for the poor in spirit

To E. M., 1859.

. . . . Oh for more faith, living faith--to draw largely upon our royal Banker, who has issued such large promissory-notes for time and for eternity as exceed our utmost conceptions. For time—"All things are yours" in Him. For eternity—"He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." In contrast to present "light afflictions," He has placed "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!" And that we might now enjoy strong consolation, He has given us "exceeding great and precious promises." Far larger notes are these than the richest banker ever issued, and much more certain to be honored; and, what is better than all, they are for the poor—the very poor—those who are born in poverty and have nothing--even for beggars found upon a ash-heap. Oh, wondrous grace, free love, royal bounty! It melts my heart this very moment, for it has come even unto me in the richest of Divine liberality. Oh for Spirit-enlargement into our possessions and His promises. We are not limited in Him—but in our own affections. Truly our Father has prepared of His goodness for the poor.

With warmest love, your ever affectionate,