"...Although my house be not so blessed with health as other mens houses are; although my house be not so, yet he hath made me an everlasting covenant, I am one yet in covenant with God, the Lord hath made with me an everlasting covenant: as for these things in this world, I see they are but momentary, they are not everlasting, I see in a family, when all was well but a week ago, now all is down, and the plague hath swept away a great many of them, and the rest are left in sadness and mourning: we see there is no resting in the things of this world, yet the Lord hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things: I find disorder in my heart, in my family, but the everlasting covenant, that is ordered in all things; yea, and that is sure: A lack, there is no sureness here in these things, I can be sure of nothing here, especially in these times, we know that a man can be sure of little that he hath, who can be sure of his estate?"
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.42.