Today is the Birthday of ‘America’s Theologian.’
Almost all his life had been preparing for this moment. He had often preached to others about how they should be ready for death and righteous judgment at any minute, and he disciplined himself with a regimen of devotion so that he would be prepared. In the weeks when he was wasting away he must have wondered why God would take him when he had so much to do. But submission to the mysteries of God’s love beyond human understanding was at the heart of his theology. When he knew the end was near, he dictated a message to be sent to Sarah in Stockbridge, to “give the kindest love to my dear wife, and tell her, that the uncommon union, which has so long subsisted between us, has been of such a nature, as I trust is spiritual, and therefore will continue forever.”
I have never been a real fan of Jonathan Edwards, or the of the Puritan intrusion into the heritage of these United States; however, I can recognize a sound man when I see one. One of things that I admire about the Puritans those that they birthed, or birthed them, is their preparation in mind of the things that may or may not come, and the certainty of that which comes to us all.