(from Octavius Winslow's "Solitude Sweetened")
'Companionship of God' is the highest,
purest, sweetest mercy a saint of God
can have on earth!
Yes, it is the highest, purest, sweetest bliss
the saints of God can have in Heaven! What is
the enjoyment of Heaven? Not merely exemption
from trial, and freedom from sorrow, and rest
from toil, and release from conflict. O no! it is
the presence; the full, unclouded presence of
our Father there!
To be with Christ;
to behold his glory;
to gaze upon his face;
to hear his voice;
to feel the throbbings of his bosom;
to bask in the effulgence of God's presence;
O this is Heaven, the
Heaven of Heaven!