MORE LOVE TO THEE
The reading of Christian biographies has had an immeasurable influence in my own life and spiritual growth. To be able to study a life from beginning to end and to see the hand of God, guiding, correcting, and sustaining one who trusts Him has encouraged me to believe that true discipleship is possible not only for the great figures of the Bible but for us ordinary folks as well.
The Bible exhorts us to remember our "leaders," those who have spoken the word of God to us. Elizabeth Prentiss belongs, for me, in that category. "Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." - Hebrews 13:7
She was born in Portland, Maine in 1818 and died in 1878, two months before her 60th birthday. When I was a child I learned her hymn, 'More Love to Thee, O Christ.' Her book 'Stepping Heavenward' (purportedly a fictional woman's journal which we can hardly help suspecting is to some extent autobiographical) came into my hands only a few years ago. I was both instructed and delighted by it, and have strongly recommended it to many.
'More Love to Thee' (The Life & Letters) reveals the character of a woman who loved God and earnestly sought to help others to love Him. 'Fortunately for us,' she wrote, 'our faith does not entitle us to heaven anymore than our stupidity shuts us out of it; when we get there it will be through Him who loved us.'