The Mourner's Comforter
C. H. Spurgeon
Summary: "Heavy heart, this book is for you." And with this Spurgeon begins this wonderful book based on Isaiah 61:1-3. The Lord Jesus Christ came to preach to the broken, the afflicted and to those who mourn. He takes our ashes and gives us beauty. He trades the oil of joy for our mourning. See the preciousness of our Lord as He stoops to heal our brokenness. He clads us in garments of praise and plants us as trees of righteousness.
Personal Thoughts: Oh book of all books! Spurgeon is such a son of consolation. He gives the words for brokenness perfectly. He bandages bleeding wounds. He understands those who weep perfectly. And he immerses the broken into a fountain overflowing with the compassion of a Christ who dearly loves His children.
Quote: At such times, we have felt that if there was any prayer in us it was only a prayer to be helped to pray, or to
be helped to mourn that we could not pray--Truly some of God's best servants have been most often through the furnace, and have been so long in the heat that strength fails them, and hope nearly expires. They cry to God
for patience to endure all His holy will, yet they feel that their own power is as much spent as if they were burnt to nothing but ash, and there was nothing more left of them upon which the fire could kindle. Is it not a mercy that
the Lord looks upon such as these--the utterly spent ones who are ready to be blown away and to perish, even as smoke and dry ashes are borne away by the wind and lost?
You who are at ease in Zion know little about these terrible feelings. You should be grateful to God and sympathize with those who are more exposed to tribulation than you are. Join them in magnifying the Lord because he promises beauty instead of these ashes of the furnace. --pg 86-87