"...Make one column of mercies, and one column of afflictions, and write one against the other, and see if God hath filled one column as full as the other; you look altogether there upon your afflictions, but look upon your mercies also; for instance, it may be God hath afflicted you in one child, but he hath been merciful to you in another child, set one against the other, God afflicted David in Absalom, but he was merciful to David in Solomon, and therefore when David cried out, oh Absalom my son my son! If David had thought upon Solomon, and cried, oh Solomon my son my son, it would have quieted him."
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.105.
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