Mr. Spurgeon at a Funeral
Charles H. Spurgeon
Beloved friends, and especially you who are mourners on this occasion, it is not difficult for me to sympathize very deeply with you, because I conceive that in the departure of this dear brother, I am as great a loser as anyone alive. You lose much of domestic comfort; but I lose a true yokefellow. And let me say of my dear friends at the Tabernacle associated with me in church work, that our communion is not one of a common kind. Our brethren are at the house of prayer most days of the week, and, in the case of some of them, the service of God there occupies as much of their time as their own business receives; in the case of others of them, even more. Their very hearts and souls are there; if there are any men who are not united by ties of blood to each other, who, nevertheless, are most closely, most intimately, and most affectionately knit together, I am sure that I may say this of myself and of all my dear brethren there. Though we have not lost a father, we feel that we have lost a brother; and even his own dear wife-whom may God most graciously sustain!-can scarcely feel more the loss than some of us will do who have been with her dear husband from day to day for so many years.
When I heard of this loss, I thought that I would never be able to come to this funeral, for I felt so utterly cast down, but I am not so now. I have looked around to the other side of this grief a little, and I think that what I say this afternoon will help some others, who are mourning today, to look around there, too, that they may be able to bear their loss, not only with resignation, but with a cheerful acquiescence in the will of God.
I thought to myself, "I know what I have been thinking concerning the deaths of these good men, but I must not think in lines parallel to those of an unbeliever." What does an unconverted man, who does not believe in Christ, think about death? If you were in the catacombs at Rome, you could t ...
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