Reading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Oh, the blessed hope and joyful expectation that attends a spiritual mind, especially when it is enlivened and assisted by the power of divine grace! For, without that, even good men may be liable to some dejections and fears as to another world, from the vastness of the change, the sense of their failings, the weakness of their minds, and mistrust of their own fitness for heaven; but so great is the goodness and mercy of God towards them that sincerely love and fear Him, that He always makes their passage safe, though it be not so triumphant; and although the Valley of the Shadow of death may seem gloomy and uncomfortable at a distance, yet when God is pleased to conduct his servants through it, He makes it a happy passage into a state of glorious immortality and everlasting life and peace.
“The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. “—C. H. Spurgeon
From Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (1635–1699)