Monday, January 08, 2007

Your weekly Dose of Susannah Spurgeon

At the outset of each week, Phil Johnson (over at Pyromaniacs) blogs under the title: "Your Weekly Dose of Spurgeon." Of course, the Spurgeon he has in mind is C.H. Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers of the 19th Century. However, at the risk of going head to head with Pyromaniacs (foolish, I know!) over the next month or so I'd like to offer a weekly dose from Susannah Spurgeon, the wife of the esteemed preacher.

The reason for this thought is that I'm currently reading Susannah Spurgeon's Morning Devotions: Free Grace & Dying Love, which is also helpfully combined with Charles Ray's biography: The Life of Susannah Spurgeon.

Like many of you, I've heard much of Susannah Spurgeon's husband, but comparatively little about the woman who supported such a great minister. Today, I leave you with a few words from the introduction to Charles Ray's record of Mrs Spurgeon's life. It aptly describes her life and ministry:
The position of the wife of a great man, and particularly of a great minister, is not only one of rare difficulty but calls for an exercise of unselfishness and self-effacement which is quite contrary to the natural instincts of the human nature. The lady who would be a true 'helpmeet' to the popular preacher and God-ordained pastor must to a very large extent sink her own individuality and claims and become absorbed in those of her husband.

She must be prepared to part often with the one she loves best on earth, in order that he may go to fulfil his solemn engagements untrammelled by domestic repinings; she must render every assistance in her power and yet not expect to reap the praise of men, which is rightly her due; she must initiate and carry through new plans of Christian effort and be satisfied that they shall be regarded as nothing more than a legitimate part of her husband's ministry; and she must take upon her shoulders a load of responsibility, which the ordinary wife knows nothing of and which amid such a multitude of duties might overwhelm a strong and vigorous man...

No grander an example of the possibilities which the position of a preacher's wife affords,could be offered to her sisters of the manse or to the world at large than Mrs C.H. Spurgeon.


Beth said...

Thanks for these quotes from the book. I'll look forward to my weekly dose of Susannah Spurgeon and the encouragement from these words.

Anonymous said...

In the U.S. you can find the book above for $11.00.
I'm very glad to know of this book. One of my reading goals for this year is to read several books by C. Spurgeon. This would make a nice complement to that goal. Thanks so much for mentioning it.
Joanna in Ca. USA

Anonymous said...

This is completely off topic, but I'm wondering if I could ask you ladies for some help.
My family watched (for the millionth time) the A&E version of "Pride and Prejudice" over the weekend, and hubby and I would really like to finally know how much five or ten thousand pounds a year was worth back in the early 1830's compared to today's money. Do you know if there's a way we could find out? I tried searching online but to no avail.
Thanks for any help!!
Joanna in Ca.

Annette said...

I liked that. Thanks for sharing it with me.