I started reading "Importunity" and realized that the author died at the age of 33 and I wondered why. Oh. My.
Christopher Love, a lesser known Puritan, was born in 1618 in Cardiff, Wales.
Before the age of 15, he had not even heard a sermon, and decided to hear William Erbery in the pulpit, for the fun of it. He was convicted of sin and became a Christian.
Christopher mourned over his sin, which his father saw as "melancholy" and locked him in the house. Christoper climbed out a window and down a rope in order to go hear a sermon by William Erbery.
He was executed by Parliament on Friday, August 22, 1651
By the time he was 15 he became a Christian - his father disapproved and locked him in his bedroom...so he climbed out the window in order to go to church.Love was executed at the age of 33 for speaking out against Parliament over the execution of Charles I and supporting Charles II. (the actual charge was involvement with Scottish Presbyterians who were raising money to restore Charles II to the monarchy, a charge that Love denied)
“There is but two steps between me and glory. It is but lying down upon the block that I shall ascend upon a throne. I am exchanging a pulpit for a scaffold and a scaffold for a throne. I am exchanging a guard of soldiers for a guard of angels, to carry me to Abraham’s bosom."https://www.apuritansmind.com/puritan-favorites/christopher-love/the-life-and-death-of-christopher-love/
Christopher's wife, Mary wrote a last letter to him:
Be comforted, my dear heart. It is but a little stroke and thou shalt be there where the weary shall be at rest and the wicked shall cease from troubling. Remember that thou mayest eat thy dinner with bitter herbs, yet thou shalt have a sweet supper with Christ that nighthttps://innocencerestored.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/letter-to-christopher-love/
One stroke of the axe, one heartbeat, one moment and those who are found in Christ will be in His presence.