"God (it may be) strikes you in your child, Oh! if it had been in my estate, faith one, I should be content; perhaps he strikes you in your match, Oh faith he, I had rather have been stricken in my health; and if he had struck you in your health, Oh then if it had been in my trading I would not have cared; but we must not be our own carvers, what particular afflictions God shall dispose us to, there must be contentment in them."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651. Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.15.
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