Conservative Quaker Spirituality
For Isolated Friends
George Fox (1624-1691), Epistle 264, 1669
AND such Testimonies of Friends, as are deceased, let them be Recorded, that so the Testimony of the Lord through his Servants may not be lost, that he raised up his People, for the same they were carried on thro' great Tribulations and Sufferings; and many laid down their Lives, and had their Goods spoiled, and they persecuted to Death to keep up their Testimony (which the Lord moved them to speak by his Spirit) to future Generations: So that those Words, that they were moved to speak forth by the Power, may not be lost; that the Power and Spirit of the Lord may be exalted. . . . And so be Diligent, and those that can write, help them that cannot: This may be easily done.
FRIENDS, in the Measure of the Life of God wait, to guide your Minds up to the Father of Life, where there is no Shadow nor Changing. As ye do hither come, ye must know a Removing and Changing of that which will Change, with that which doth not Change, to that take heed to guide all your Minds. . . .
So here the Love of God will in your Hearts come to be shed abroad, which Love is one, and doth not change; in it dwell, and grow, and abound, that over all that, which is contrary to the Lord of Life, who ...
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