To all afflicted and distressed, dissatisfied, disquieted and discomposed Christians throughout the world. But God, who is infinite in wisdom and matchless in goodness, hath ordered troubles, yea, many troubles to come trooping in upon us on every side. And yet, Christians, it is mercy, rich mercy that every affliction is not an execution; that every correction is not a damnation. The higher the waters rise, the nearer Noah's ark was lifted up to heaven; the more thy afflictions are increased, the more thy heart shall be raised heavenward.
Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author.