Thought for the Week

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So I’m on my last leg of the journey for this time. By the time this is printed I will be in the air and on my way home.

This past week has been a journey from Hartford out to Pennsylvania and back and as soon as I finish this I am on my way to Boston where I arrived almost a month ago.

I was saddened to watch the result of the playoff final as my Brechin City fell short by just a couple of points. But really glad that they got the win for the end of the season. But overall still chuffed to be a City supporter.

I wish I could put the pictures in here of the places I’ve been and things I’ve seen in regard to the Jonathan Edwards exploration and the amazing links back to Scotland. I was able to stand at the grave of David Brainerd who was born April 20, 1718. He was the a missionary to the Delaware Indians of New Jersey.

Later he worked among the Podunk Indians around the western part of Massachusetts. He has been influential in the lives of many Christians ever since as many have read the memories written by Jonathan Edwards, who also was inspired by the faithful service of David.

He, David, had gone to Yale for his education but was dismissed for saying that one of his theology professors “has no more grace than a chair.”

Several of the names mentioned last week also had part in influencing his life, George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards.

Now one more link to Scotland for this lad, once he was expelled from Yale, he became in violation of Connecticut law that said only graduates of Harvard or Yale or a European Seminary could be considered ordained or appointed as ministers. So he was unqualified under that statute. So as he sought alternative ways to do ministry he became part of and was sent out by ‘The Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge’ and it was in this regard that he started his missionary work in 1742. This was several years after he contracted what many think was the onset of tuberculosis which most consider his cause of death.

As I stood at his grave and thought of the impact this short life has had as a testimony to dedicated service to a cause and to his God in the lives of so many, I have to confess I was well moved and I prayed and asked God to move in my own life to be committed to the sharing of the story of Jesus into people’s lives as I meet and interact.

So, the connection to Jonathan Edwards that started this journey to Northampton where David Brainerd lived his last days and is buried. He was nursed in his illness by a young lady by the name of Jerusha who died just a few months later as she contracted that deadly disease herself. Jerusha was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards and she is buried right beside David a wee bit away from the Edwards family plots.

I leave you now with the words from his grave stone; “Sacred to the memory of the Rev. David Brainerd. A faithful and laborious missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware and Sasquehanna tribes of Indians who died in this town. October 10, 1747 AE 32”

See you soon.