Neglected Words

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A childhood accident caused poet Elizabeth Barrett to live very cautiously in her early years. Perhaps this is why her father became so over-protective of her.

Mr. Barrett disapproved of his daughter’s courtship with Robert Browning. When they married in 1846, they did so secretly because they did not want to incur the wrath of her father.

After the wedding, Robert and Elizabeth left for Italy, where they spent the rest of their lives.

Even though they disowned her, Elizabeth tried to reconcile with her parents. Nearly every week, she wrote to them, but they never did reply.

Years later, Elizabeth received a large box in the mail. It contained all the letters she had written to her parents. Not one of the letters had been opened.

Today, those letters are treasured as some of the most beautiful classical English literature. If her parents had only taken the time to read them, those loving words might have led them to be reconciled to their daughter.

The most loving words written to mankind are recorded in the Bible. There we read of God’s unconditional love for the people he created. He loves us so much he sent his Son Jesus to die for us! His love for us continues, even when we fail him.

What a shame that so many people neglect to read these loving words, thereby rejecting any hope of reconciliation.

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”—Revelation 1:3.

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