“I exhort and beseech you in Christ’s name, faint not, weary not. There is a great necessity of heaven—you must needs have it: all other things, as houses, lands, children, husbands, friends, country, credit, health, wealth, honour, may be done without; but heaven is your one thing needful, the good part which cannot [must not] be taken from you. Think it not easy, for the ascent to eternal glory is steep; many are lying dead by the way, that are slain by security.”
When Samuel Rutherford wrote this anxious reminder to the Lady Cardoness on February 20, 1637, she had all the favorable attributes he mentions. How long she enjoyed them, we don’t know, but it’s certain that the only treasures she possesses 377 years later are those she committed to heaven.