“When the news [of Jonathan’s death] reached Stockbridge Sarah Edwards was suffering so much from rheumatism in her neck that she could scarecely hold a pen, but brief lines written to Esther [Jonathan and Sarah’s daughter] on April 3 epitomize the spirit in which she had sought to live with her husband for more than thirty years:
What shall I say? A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hadns on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness, that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left us! We are all given to God; and there I am, and love to be.
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, Iain Murray, p. 442