Son-In-Laws and God

Imagine your daughter meets some guy and you receive the following letter asking for her hand in marriage:

I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world? Whether you can consent to see her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of perishing immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

So, what do you say? Ann Hasseltine’s father said, “it’s up to you.” She went for it!

4 thoughts on “Son-In-Laws and God”

  1. Well I’ll have to say the guy didn’t sugar coat the situation. To be honest, I would most likely try to talk my daughter out of it, but in the end I would leave it up to her.

  2. Honestly I had never heard of Adoniram Judson. I googled his name, what a powerful testimony. The fact that the fellow that lead him to become a deist, was dying in the next room at the inn where he was staying, actually caused him to rethink his position about eternity. A very amazing life story.

  3. And he was right too. Two weeks after they got married they left for the mission field where Ann died and never did see her father again.

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