The Dancing Puritan

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Girl Named Susannah

Adrian, Rachel and Susannah Rink

A baby girl was born on January 15th, 1832 and given the name Susannah. This girl would grow up, know the saving grace of God and marry a man who would become one of the most famous preachers in history.

Her husband would often travel for ministry and for the recovery of his health. He was faithful to write letters and sometimes to illustrate the letters with little sketches based on some experience that he had enjoyed.


Every word I write is a pleasure to me, as much as ever it can be to you; it is only a lot of odds and ends I send you, but I put them down as they come, so that you may see it costs me no labor, but is just a happy scribble. Don’t fret because I write you so many letters; it is such a pleasure to tell out my joy.

Few men have ever known such a helpmeet as the preacher did with Susannah. Though she struggled with various health issues she was a faithful servant of God. Often Susannah was confined to home but her work was not confined. She wrote letters and raised money to purchase books to send to poor Pastors across the land. The payoff on her investment was the encouragement and transformation of many.

She managed her home well and encouraged her busy husband in his work. In Susannah he had a trustworthy wife who set him free to become the man of God that we remember and honor. When Susannah Thompson became Susannah Spurgeon a marriage was forged which would touch the world for godliness.

She wrote of her first experience in seeing young Charles Spurgeon: Ah! How little I then thought that my eyes looked on him who was to be my life’s beloved; how little I dreamed of the honor God was preparing for me in the near future! It is a mercy that our lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us; else might we sometimes turn away from our best blessings, and put from us the choicest and loveliest gifts of His providence. 

On Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 5:08 PM Susannah Joy was born (on her father's birthday) to Adrian and Rachel Rink. So lovely is her face and so beautiful is the joy displayed by her dear parents. Over and over little Susannah heard the whispered words, I love you, I love you.

Susannah is born into a family where she will be loved and trained in the ways of the Lord.  Her path, like all of ours, will be rocky at times and smooth at others. She will learn, through it all, that God is a trustworthy Father, worthy of all of her praise and devotion.

Her Pastor, Charles, led Susannah Thompson to the Savior. She said that he led her via his preaching and conversation by the power of the Holy Spirit to the cross of Christ for the peace and pardon my weary soul was longing for.

We will be praying that Susannah Joy Rink will:

1.  Be led to the Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit for peace and pardon.

2.  Be ever aware of the providence of God that Susannah Spurgeon wrote about. It is a mercy that our  lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us; else might we sometimes turn away from our best blessings, and put from us the choicest and loveliest gifts of His providence. 

3.  Be granted by God, one glorious day, a godly husband that will write her letters of love and display a life of godliness before her watching eyes. A husband who will think and communicate to her that it is such a pleasure to tell out my joy.

Susannah Spurgeon wrote:

'The time of the singing of birds is come,' and from early morning until the sun sets, their sweet notes are a constant reminder of the duty and delight of thanksgiving. Out of the joy of their hearts they trill forth their gladness for the sunshine, and the opening flowers, and the unfolding leaves; and I have heard the same tender song when the rain has fallen, and cold winds have blown, and dark clouds have swept across the sky. Many a time have the birds in the garden sung a lesson in my listening ears, and rebuked my dullness or my unbelief, by their gleeful carolings.
For our family the time of the singing birds is come. The birth of Susannah Joy Rink to our dear daughter Rachel and her godly husband Adrian is a sweet note. Our dullness has been gently rebuked by the music of heaven in granting us a sweet song in the tender face of a little girl.  Like Susannah Thompson Spurgeon, may our little Susannah sing forth her gladness for the opening flowers, and the unfolding leaves and for the goodness of God displayed in his immeasurable kindness to His people.

End of Part 1.  Quotes above from Mrs. C.S. Spurgeon by Charles Ray and from gracegems.org