A selection from a letter by John Calvin to Melanchthon, urging him to be strong in his stance on the issue of the Lord’s Supper in face of opposition. Calvin ended the letter with a warm expression of love to his friend. The letter was written March 5, 1555:
Farewell, most renowned and my ever honoured sir. May the Lord govern you by his Spirit, defend you with his protection, sustain you by his power, and may he always keep us in holy union, till at length he gather us into his heavenly kingdom.
Letters from John Calvin: Selected from the Bonnet Edition, the Banner of Truth, 1980, pp. 169-70.