To the Rev. D. Camfbell of Lawers
Advice to a brother in sickness.
MY DEAR BROTHER,-Like yourself, I have been laid aside from the word of the ministry for two Sabbaths, but am now recovering.
I am truly afflicted to hear of your troubles; and yet I pray it may turn out to the furtherance of the gospel. The time of my absence from my flock in 1839 was more blessed to my people than even my presence had been. Our God can work through means or above them. He then puts the treasure into earthen vessels, often allows the vessels to be chipped and broken, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us. Fear not for your flock. The Chief Shepherd who sent you to them is faithful, and His name is the Mighty God. He can feed them with or without you. And none that are His can perish.
Use all prudent means for your recovery. Commit yourself entirely to God, and He will turn the shadow of death into the morning. I have been often brought very low, but it has been always good for me. In this way God educates His ministers, both for His temple below, and for being pillars in the temple above.
I do not think Broughty-Ferry a safe place for you, if your lungs are at all effected. The air is damp, and east wind cold. If it is only your stomach that ails, then it will do well; but if you have any chest complaint, do not think of the east coast. Blairgowrie would be much more suitable; when you would have the kind care of a good Christian doctrine, and the ministry of dear R. M.
I fear my illness will prevent me leaving home this summer; but I do not know. Your absence will make me us pray more that your flock may not be forgotten.
Do not be afraid at leaving home. His compassions are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. He doth not afflict willingly. All grace be with you from the fountain of living waters.-Ever yours, etc.Read More