I have had a good deal of difficulty bringing myself to write to
M. I do it now purely because you desire me to do so. Please
address it and send it to him. It is pleasing to see all the faith
you have in God. May He increase it in you more and more. We
cannot have too much trust in so good and faithful a Friend who
will never fail us in this world nor in the next.
If M-- takes advantage of the loss he has had and puts all his
confidence in God, He will soon give him another friend more
powerful and more inclined to serve him. He disposes of hearts as
He pleases. Perhaps M-- was too attached to him he has lost. We
ought to love our friends, but without encroaching upon the love
of God, which must always be first.
Please keep my recommendation in mind that you think of God often;
by day, by night, in your business, and even in your diversions.
He is always near you and with you. Leave Him not alone. You would
think it rude to leave a friend alone who came to visit you. Why,
then, must God be neglected? Do not forget Him but think on Him
often. Adore Him continually. Live and die with Him. This is the
glorious work of a Christian; in a word, this is our profession.
If we do not know it, we must learn it.
I will endeavor to help you with my prayers, and am yours in our