Of all orders of men, she had the greatest love for the ministers of Christ: she coveted their company, in order to improve by it, and was never better pleased than when her house and her table were filled with them. She would diligently inquire of them in all her difficulties, and as carefully observe all their directions. She honoured the aged, learned and grave with a double honour;[1] was often grieved for the infirmities of others, but despised none for their weakness if she apprehended they were faithful to God and his interest and had been useful in their places.

She thought it her duty to pray for ministers above all men, inasmuch as they are concerned in the welfare of so many souls. That this was her practice appears by her diary from one end to the other, and particularly from one remark she makes of a single omission: ‘I have heard a sermon’, says she, ‘today, but I forgot to pray for the minister, and I sped[2] accordingly’ – which shows that it had been her custom to pray for every minister before she heard him.

She looked upon God’s tabernacles as truly amiable,[3] which she had often seen filled with his glory,[4] and where the blessing had been commanded out of Zion.[5] She constantly attended upon ordinances,[6] if not prevented by insuperable difficulties, and would always be present at the beginning of them; and would often blame the remissness of many, and say surely they felt not the wants that she did, or else they could not live in such common neglects. There was no preaching so pleasant to her as that which alarmed her conscience, ransacked her heart and came closest to her in such matters where she suspected herself most.


[1] I Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

[2] Fared.

[3] Psalm 84:1,2 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

[4] I Kings 8:10, 11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

[5] Psalm 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

[6] Observance commanded; established rite or ceremony. Thus, attendance at the ministry of the Word and

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