A dear friend pushed this book into my hands as we parted, our family moving west to a new city. The Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons, by Arabella Stuart. I gasp just to think of it now... the immeasureable gift of this book.
The narrative, lives of these women, their husband, the people they served, the God they loved. Really, what could be a better gift than to get to such grand story as this, these lives so beautifully lived, and to get that story into my soul and launch out to live as much of that fullness myself?
There's much, much more than I can share here now (hopefully there will be more future posts) but for now here's just one sentence. It's not an important sentence, it tells none of the central theme or purpose of Sarah Judson. But if the backdrop is this good... well, I hope it will make you want to read it too. This quote is from the second page about Sarah Judson's life. The author has just finished describing the poor family she grew up in. She was the first of thirteen children who had less privileges and pleasures than many.
"Children so situated are sometimes pitted by those who consider childhood as the proper season for careless mirth and reckless glee; but they often form characters of solid excellence rarely possessed by those to whom fortune has been more indulgent."
The nobility, the excellence, resourcefulness, Christ-centeredness of these beautiful women's lives....I can't think of anything, for me, that would surpass this exquisite inspiration! I hope you're hungry to read more...
And the thing is... you can! How fantastic a gift is this? Google Play (a free app) has Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons, by Arabella Stuart (first published somewhere in the middle of the 1800s) and it has Emily Judson's memoir of her successor, Sarah Boardman Judson, too.... All it takes is getting this app, signing into Google and then downloading the books. For free! They're that easily available, that delightfully priced. Oh friends, if you need some soul stirring, soul-strengthening... don't miss these old gold words.