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J. M. Daniel to Isaac Hite, January 5, 1842

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the piercing - heart-breaking sorrow of a brothers a sister, a mother, a wife. We can imagine all this, but we feel it is a faint picture of the sad reality. It is an awful thing to meet under any circumstances the great enemy of human nature, Death - to be called to the Bar of God to render an account of all our deeds & word & thoughts — to meet and abide by that judgment from which there is no appeal. But to be thus called in an instant adds much, very much to our estimate of this dreaded awe. But in the midst of broken hearts, and grievous spirits you all have a high, a lasting consolation — He was as far as the eye of man can be prepared to meet his God. In the holy, the precious blood of his Redeemer he had been washed, & purified and made ready for Judgment. He had in his youth sought his God & had found him. He had chosen the good part, and though suddenly, awfully called, he was not unprepared. Oh! my friend may this be a lesson, an abiding lesson to us all. Truly in the midst of life we are in death. None of us, no not the wisest know when we may be called, no nor how. Then let us prepare today, for we know not what