"Though I cannot know what your afflictions are, yet I know what your mercies are, and I know they are so great, as I am sure there can be no afflictions in this world so great, as the mercies you have: If it were but this mercy, that you have this day of grace and salvation continued to you, it is a greater mercy than any affliction, set any affliction by this mercy, and see which would weigh heaviest, this is certainly greater than any affliction; that you have the day of grace and salvation, that you are not now in hell, this is a great mercy, that you have found of the Gospel yet in your ears, that you have the use of your reason, this is a greater mercy than your afflictions..."
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.104.
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