"Women and children first" is the axiom I live by in society, and "Desiring God" is the descriptor of my affections. When I graduate with a B. E. E. next year I want to marry a lady and raise children. I love to read histories, biographies, andtheologies, and occasionally I'll pick up a good classical novel (usually one by Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Shakespeare). However, the Bible alone is my constant companion. I like poetry, mainly in prose form (read the Faerie Queen by Edmund Spencer). And, to leave you with a rarity from the pen of Samuel Rutherford to Lady Kilconquhar from Aberdeen, on 8 August 1637: "But let us come near and fill ourselves with Christ, and let his friends drink and satisfy our hollow and deep desires with Jesus. O come all and drink at this living well; come, drink and live for evermore, come, drink and welcome. 'Welcome, ' saith our fairest Bridegroom. No man getteth Christ with ill-will; no man cometh and is not welcome; no man cometh and rueth his voyage; all men speak well of Christ who have been with him. Men and angels who know him will say more than I can do, and think more of him than they can say. O that I were fettered and chained to it! O sweet pain, to be pained for a sight of him! O living death! O good death! O lovely death, to die for love of Jesus! O that I should have a sore heart and a pained should for the want of this and that idol! Woe, woe to the mistakings of my miscarrying heart, that gapeth and crieth for creatures, and is not pained, and tortured, and in sorrow for the want of a soul's-fill of the love of Christ!" Let me know if you want the rest of it! It's far beyond any copyright, and yet for some strange reason this one (and scores of others) cannot be found on the web :)One last excerpt:"What heaven can there be liker to hell than to desire and dwine, and fall a-swoon for Christ's love, and to want it? is not this hell and heaven woven through each other? Is this not pain and joy, sweetness and sadness in one web, the one the weft, the other the warp! Therefore I would that Christ would let us meet, and join together, the soul and Christ in other's arms. O what meeting is like this, to see blackness and beauty, contemptibleness and glory, highness, and baseness, even a soul and Christ, kiss each other! Nay, but when all is done, I may be wearied in speaking and writing; but O how far am I from the right expression of Christ or his love! I can neither speak, nor write feeling, nor tasting, nor smelling; come feel, and smell, and taste Christ and his love, and you shall call it more than can be spoken; to write how sweet the honey-comb is, is not so lovely as to eat and suck the honey-comb. Rest, with Christ, will say more than heart can think or tongue can utter. "
May God who said "Let light shine out of darkness, " shine in your hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6).