A selection from a letter by Rev. J. H. Thornwell, to one of his daughters. He wrote the letter from Mobile, Alabama, on January 20, 1858. He had received a letter from her and was delighted that she had “prized so highly the privilege of the Lord’s Supper.”
I was particularly delighted that you prized so highly the privilege of the Lord’s Supper. It is indeed a feast to those who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth. He is the food of our souls. To His precious blood we look for pardon; to His righteousness, for favour; and to His Spirit, for holiness. He is as willing, as He is able, to bless us; and it is a glorious thing when we can resign ourselves into His hands, feeling that we are nothing, and that He is everything. Endeavour, my dear child, to live close to Him, and to seek His guidance and His favour in everything. Confide in Him as a friend, and trust Him with all your cares. Lean upon Him, as you would lean upon your father, and He will keep you in all your ways. Never forget to pray, and to study the Holy Scriptures, and ask for light to understand them.
The Life and Letters of James Henley Thornwell, first published in 1875, republished by the Banner of Truth, 1974, p. 433.