Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 3 ([unpublished])
[1851, Dec. 24] PDF (5.8 MB)
Xmas eve Dec 24/51. Just after suffer my dear Mother I sit down at my small table to enjoy the pleasure of thinking about and commuing with you all. At such an hour is it any wonder I should think of my far off home and of those who dwell there. I feel that you are all in my heart to live and die with you." What reflections crowd on the mind at such an hour as this, and ______ the heart feels at the remembrance of other days. I picture you around the old hearth stone/it cannont be wrong to shed a tear to its memory! ever dear place! Those who have assembled by thee in peace in other days are now scattered, preparing and partaking of your "_______" Are there but the tree of you. Perhaps some neighbors or friend is also at the family board. You think of the absent as they think of you this memorable eve. Family gatherings on earth are a pleasant thing; they however are not all important. The _____ and ____ of families in heaven is above all things to be desired, and that is possibel. Christ the way the truth and the life has opened it to all that believe. He was being the brightness of his fathers glory, and _________ image of his person, of whom it was said thou art my Son, was brought into the world, for us; and for our salvation. It affords considerable satisfaction to believe that the most of us at ______, I trust all, are bearing constantly in mind the coming and __________ of the Lord Jesus, and that we are seeking the blessings of grace thro' him. May_______ strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might go forward bot to do and suffer his will in all things. For what to choose for the best we know not. A heart resigned, submissive, meek, our great redeemers throne, a heart in every thought renewed, and full of love divine, is one of the best kind of hearts, and will ensure its _______, peace and immortal life.
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