You have nothing to fear from death, for Jesus, by dying, has disarmed it of its stings, has perfumed the grave, and opened the gates of glory for His believing people. Satan, so far as he is permitted, will assault our peace, but he is a vanquished enemy. Our Lord holds him on a chain and sets him bounds beyond which he cannot pass. – John Newton (1725-1807), excerpt from a letter to Mrs. Sara Talbot.
From: Jewels from John Newton: Daily Readings from the Works of John Newton, edited by Miller Ferrie (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2016). Entry for April 9.