Thursday, January 3, 2008

They had found a new world

"But upon a day the good providence of God did cast me to Bedford, to work on my calling; and in one of the streets of that town I came to where there was three or four poor women sitting at a door in the sun and talking about the things of God; and being now willing to hear them discourse, I drew near to hear what they said, for I was a brisk talker also myself in the matters of religion; but now I may say, I heard, but I understood not; for they were far above out of my reach, for their talk was about a new birth, the work of God in their hearts . . . ; they talked how God had visited their souls with his love in the Lord Jesus, and with what words and promises they had been refreshed, comforted and supported against the temptations of the devil . . . . And methought they spake as if joy did make them speak; they spake with such pleasantness of Scripture language, and with such appearance of grace in all they said, that they were to me as if they had found a new world."

Quoted in Monica Furlong, editor, The Trial of John Bunyan & The Persecution of the Puritans, page 56.