the Lord, and ask him to aid us by the influence of his Holy Spirit for without him we can do nothing what great hove for sinners hath the Lord that he spared not his only begotten son, but freely gave him up to die for such rebeluous creatures as we are, that he who created all things and made us, should condescend so far as to take upon himself the form of his creatures, and to come down from his throne on high, and travel this world and endure all the sufferings, and trials which men have to endure here on earth. and to die an ignominous death to satisfy an offended God, when we could not do it ourselves, it was great love, yes John great was that love to men who had sinned so much against the Lord, even when they were nailing him to the cross he prayed to his father to forgive them for they knew not what they were doing, it is our duty then to live here in this world to his praise and glory and ask the great God who made us by prayer to send his Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts to lead and guide us in the paths of holiness, and also to give us faith, strong faith, for without faith it is impossible to please God, we may be laughed at and persecuted by the world but that need not trouble us, Christ told his disciples that they would be persecuted for his names sake, but he will give them strength to bear all their persecutions, blessed are they that will endure to the end for they will receive a crown of glory which the righteous judge will place upon their heads at the last day, it is a blessed voage the voage to the promised land, and that saviour that walked on the seas is able to steer us safely to that haven of rest where we can be free from all the temptations of sin, and from all the storms and tempests of a sinful world. [adiew?] for the present from your sincere friend William Reid write soon soon
Jeddo Prairie, [Wisc]
1858 May 5
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