Tradition has it that this letter from Jonathon Edwards to his future wife, Sarah, was written in 1723. This would have put Sarah Pierpont at age 13, and Jonathan Edwards, at 20 years of age. Although they were not married until 1727, Jonathan was clearly smitten by young Sarah.
The letter spoke volumes to me (and convicted me deeply) about the heart of a virtuous woman who loves her Lord. Is my heart stricken with this kind of devotion to Jesus? Am I transferring this undying devotion to my children? Are my daughters smitten with Him because of my example?
“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 she expects after a while to be received up where he is, to be raised out of the world and caught up into heaven; being assured that he loves her too well to let her remain at a distance from him always. There she is to dwell with him, and to be ravished with his love, favor and delight, forever.
Therefore, if you present all the world before her, with the richest of its treasures, she disregards it and cares not for it, and is unmindful of any pain or affliction. She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and sweetness of temper, uncommon purity in her affections; is most just and praiseworthy in all her actions; and you could not persuade her to do anything thought wrong or sinful, if you would give her all the world, lest she should offend this great Being.
She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind; especially after those times in which this great God has manifested himself to her mind. She will sometimes go about, singing sweetly, from place to [place]; and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure, and no one knows for what. She loves to be alone, and to wander in the fields and on the mountains, and seems to have someone invisible always conversing with her.”