The Rigorous Discipline of Jonathan Edwards

Edwards usually rose at four or five in the morning in order to spend thirteen hours in his study.  In his only diary entry during his early years in Northampton he wrote, in January 1728, “I think Christ has recommended rising early in the morning, by his rising from the grave very early.”  The discipline was part of a constant, heroic effort to make his … Continue reading The Rigorous Discipline of Jonathan Edwards

A Jonathan Edwards love poem to his future wife, Sarah

“They say there is a young lady in New Haven who is beloved of that almighty Being, who made and rules the world, and that there are certain seasons in which this great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight, and that she hardly cares for anything, except to meditate on him – that … Continue reading A Jonathan Edwards love poem to his future wife, Sarah

Jonathan Edwards on the Enjoyment of God

“God is the highest good of the reasonable creature; and the enjoyment of him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.  To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.  Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the … Continue reading Jonathan Edwards on the Enjoyment of God