Wednesday, 5 March 2014

EMPTIED & ANNIHILATED




“Once as I rode out in the woods for my health, having alighted from my horse in a retired place, as my manner has been to walk for divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view, that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the Son of God as Mediator between God and man, and of His wonderful, great, full, pure, and sweet grace and love, and His meek and gentle condescension. This grace that seemed so calm and sweet, appeared also great above the heavens. The person of Christ appeared ineffably excellent with an excellence great enough to swallow up all thought and conception, which continued, as near as I can judge, about an hour. It kept me the greater part of the time in a flood of tears and weeping aloud, I felt an ardency of soul to be, I know not otherwise how to express, emptied and annihilated, to lie in the dust; to be full of Christ alone, to love Him with all my heart.”

                                                                                                            Jonathan Edwards