Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Pilgrim Begins His Journey

"...I saw him open the Book and read out of it, and as he read he wept and trembled....He finally revealed to his wife and children what was going on in his mind, saying, 'Oh, my dear Wife and Children, I'm suffering from inner turmoil because of a burden that lays heavily upon me....He started talking to them again, but they began to be hardened to his words. They thought they might be able to drive away his insanity by harsh and bad-tempered behavior toward him. Sometimes they would make fun of him, at other times they would criticize him, and sometimes they would simply ignore him. Because of this, he began to withdraw from them to his bedroom to pray for them, pity them, and comfort his own misery. He would also walk by himself in the field, sometimes reading and sometimes praying. He spent his time doing these things for several days." (The Pilgrim's Progress. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2001. 3 & 4.)
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