Monday, February 23, 2009

Little Longer to Remain Below

A selection from a letter by Benjamin Morgan Palmer to a lifelong friend in Maryland. Mr. Palmer was sick and thought he was soon the leave his earthly tabernacle and enter the presence of the Lord. He would live another 13 years but when he wrote this letter on February 20, 1889, he believed his earthly sojourn would soon be over. The words are fitting for all believers for our death may be nearer than we know.

We have little longer to remain below; soon we are to be caught up into the splendor of our Lord’s own presence. Let us carry up with us into that supreme glory the remembrance of a communion with our heavenly Father, such as we have never known before; leaving the light of our testimony for Christ, which shall help those who remain after us to find the way to the bright heaven which is our home forever.

The Life and Letters of Benjamin Morgan Palmer, by Thomas Cary Johnson, first published in 1906, reprinted by The Banner of Truth Trust, 1987, p. 577.

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