The Dancing Puritan

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Son's Testimony to His Mother's Love



After Susannah Spurgeon's death, her son Thomas wrote lovingly of his dear mother. He described her as

A most tender and loving character

A true helpmeet as proved by my dear father's repeated testimony to her worth, by word of mouth and by the fact that he set it down in black and white, again and again.

Thomas further recalled:

She read to Charles on Saturday evenings, as he directed, from various commentaries on the morrows theme.

On Sunday evenings, when Charles was weary from the Lord's Day activities, she read George Herbert and Richard Baxter to him.

In the early years of their marriage, while her health allowed, she attended to and exhorted female candidates for baptism. One lady remembered, "She led me to the baptismal pool, you know, and I shall never forget her loving words to me."

Thomas asserted: "Difficult to say, what she did not do for her husband during their early years." 

She

 Consoled him in his sorrow and disappointments.

Encouraged him "as an angel of God" when he was spoken against by opponents.

Nursed him in his sicknesses.

Entertained his guests.

Accompanied him on his foreign travels (while she was physically able).

She even once transcribed a sermon that he preached in his sleep.

Regarding Susannah as a mother and wife, Thomas recalled:

She lived and labored for her boys and her husband.

At home she was a wife and mother and a model of what each should be.

She taught the Bible to her sons and pleaded with them to turn to Christ. Thomas traced his early conversion to her pleading and her example.

She taught her boys to sing

"I do believe, I will believe,
That Jesus died for me;
That, on the cross, He shed His blood
from sin to set me free."

Charles Spurgeon loved his "doubly dear Susie." He frequently wrote love letters to her; thoughtfully purchased gifts for her, tenderly cared for her in her affliction, and openly praised her by word and in print. He did everything that he could to comfort her through her many trials. He patiently taught her God's Word and he faithfully prayed for her.  

Charles and Susie loved one another. Trials did not wedge them apart, sickness did not damper their affection for one another, and opposition to Charles's ministry did not cause them to doubt God's goodness. 

Charles died in 1892, Susannah in 1903. Their love story lives on.