Introductory Note:

James Nayler, a Quaker Christian leader from the 17th century (1616- 1660), was a dynamic preacher who eventually suffered imprisonment for his faith. He was released from prison in September of 1659. In October 1660 he set off from London northwards on foot, intending to visit his wife and children in Wakefield. On the way he was robbed, and found bound in a field. He was taken to a Friend’s home where he died. The passage below was spoken by him about two hours before his death.

Richard J. Foster
Renovaré Founder

There is a Spir­it which I feel that delights to do no evil, nor to revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things, in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to out­live all wrath and con­tention, and to weary out all exal­ta­tion and cru­el­ty, or what­ev­er is of a nature con­trary to itself. It sees to the end of all temp­ta­tions. As it bears no evil in itself, so it con­ceives none in thoughts to any oth­er. If it be betrayed, it bears it, for its ground and spring is the mer­cies and for­give­ness of God. Its crown is meek­ness, its life is ever­last­ing love unfeigned; and takes its king­dom with entreaty and not with con­tention, and keeps it by low­li­ness of mind. In God alone it can rejoice, though none else regard it, or can own its life. It’s con­ceived in sor­row, and brought forth with­out any to pity it, nor doth it mur­mur at grief and oppres­sion. It nev­er rejoiceth but through suf­fer­ings: for with the world’s joy it is mur­dered. I found it alone, being for­sak­en. I have fel­low­ship there­in with them who lived in dens and des­o­late places in the earth, who through death obtained this res­ur­rec­tion and eter­nal holy life.

📚 The 2022 – 23 Ren­o­varé Book Club

This year’s nine-month, soul-shap­ing jour­ney fea­tures four books, old and new, prayer­ful­ly curat­ed by Ren­o­varé. Now under­way and there’s still time to join.

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