spared to atone, in some measure, in the future for the past; but if God in His wisdom takes me from you, we will hope to meet in that bright world for which you are so well fitted, and for which atoning grace may prepare me.
May 2, 1864. The sweet bright days are gone, and now the stern work of war is to begin. . . . You must not be more uneasy than you can possibly help. . . . but, above all, remember that in any event I humbly hope and believe that we will meet again in heaven.
May 3, 1864. We have everything to be thankful for since this time last year; let us trust Him for the future.
I intend to try and live so that if I am taken we may meet as we must do in that world where there is no more parting, and where sin and sorrow are unknown.
The spirit of trustfulness in the living Redeemer—that spirit whose gradual development may be traced, if we mistake not, in these touching words—is the crowning grace of a noble character.
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