A selection from a letter by Robert Murray M’Cheyne to his friend, Rev. R. MacDonald, January 12, 1839, written after having been laid aside for awhile by illness:
It is a glorious thing to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ! We do not value it aright till we are deprived of it; and then Philip Henry’s saying is felt to be true – that he would beg all the week in order to be allowed to preach on the Sabbath day.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne: Memoir and Remains, Andrew A. Bonar, first published in 1884, reprinted by the Banner of Truth, 1966, p. 209.