by John Flavel
or the Advice of Christ to a Distressed Mother bewailing the Death of Her Dear and only Son Wherein the Boundaries of Sorrow are duly fixed, Excesses restrained, the common Pleas answered, and divers Rules for the support of GOD'S afflicted Ones prescribed.
In this book John Flavel meditates on the words of Luke 7:13: ‘And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, ‘Weep not.’ A best-seller for more than 150 years in both Britain and America, this little book gave much comfort to generations of Christian parents who suffered the heart-breaking experience of the loss of children. Flavel's first wife died giving birth to their first child, and he lost his second wife as well, so the man knows of what he speaks.when he shares his advice on how to avoid mourning overmuch. His advice is grounded in trusting in God's providence, to consider in this day of sorrow, who is the framer and author of this rod by which you now smart; is it not the Lord? And if the Lord hath done it, it becomes you meekly to submit. Psal. 46:10. "Be still, and know that I am God." He also reminds us of the truth that whatever grief we may suffer, we deserve worse.. He notes that death should come as no surprise to the Christian, and that nobody dies a moment before the time established by our Creator. He admonishes us not to become overly attached to persons, but to find our joy in Christ and His sacrifice for our sin. He reminds us that we'll die soon ourselves, and then be reunited with those we've lost. This is sound biblical counsel on working through grief - a great balm for the soul.
Table of Contents
The Epistle Dedicatory
"Weep not." - Luke 7:13.