Correspondence With His Family

8. A messenger called this morning with the following note.

"To our brother Asaad Esh Shidiak: May God bless you.--We beg you to

come home to-night, and not wait till Sunday. We have pledged our mother

that you shall come. If you fail to do so, you will trouble us all. Your



To this letter, Asaad sat
down, and instantly wrote the following reply:

"To our much honoured and very dear brother Galed: God preserve

him.--Your note has reached us, in which you speak of our coming home

to-night, and say, that if we do not come, we trouble you all.

"Now if we were in some distant land, your longing after us in this

manner might be very proper; but we are near you, and you have been

here, and seen us in all health, and we have seen you. Then quiet our

mother, that we, through the bounty of God, are in perfect health, and

that we have great peace in the Lord Jesus Christ, peace above all that

the world can afford, and abundant joy in the Holy Ghost above all

earthly joy. But as to our coming up this evening, we do not find it

convenient, not even though we had the strongest desire to see our

mother and you.

"I beg you all to love God, and to serve him in our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is of all things the most important; for if we love God, if he but

renew our hearts by the holy Ghost, we shall enjoy each other's society

for ever and ever.

"And now we are prevented from coming to you, and you know we are not

void of all desire to see you, but the hindrances to which we have

alluded, are, we think, a sufficient apology. We beg you to accept our

excuse, and to apologize for us to our mother, and we pray God to pour

out his grace richly on you all, and lengthen your days.

"Your brother, ASAAD.

"P. S. Tell our mother not to think so much of these earthly things but

rather of God our Saviour."