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Postscript: How Pilgrims View Affliction


"While I live in the world, my condition is to be but a pilgrim, a stranger, a traveller, and a soldier... When a man is at home, if he has not things according to his desire, he will be finding fault. But if a man travels abroad, perhaps he meets not with convenience as he desires; yet this very thought may moderate a man's spirit, `I am a traveller, and I must not be finding fault, though things be not so in my own family.' If a man meets with ill weather, he must be content. `It is a traveller's fare,' we used to say, both fair weather and foul weather; and we must be content with it. If a man were at home and it should begin to drop in his house, he cannot bear it; but when he is travelling abroad, though he meets with rains and storms, he is not so much troubled."

 

-- Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646)



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