"Suppose there were no creatures in the world, and that all the creatures in the world were annihilated, God would remain the same blessed God that he is now, he would not be in a worse condition, if all creatures were gone; neither would a contented heart, if God should take away all creatures from him, a contented heart hath enough in the want of all creatures, and would not be more miserable than now he is. Suppose that God should continue thee here, and all creatures that are here in this world were taken away, yet thou still (having God to be thy portion) wouldst be as happy as now thou art, and therefore contentation hath a great deal of excellency in it."
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.79.
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