Sir John Suckling

Do you play cribbage? Then you can thank Sir John (1690-1642) By all accounts, he was a poet, gambler and man about town, with lots of opportunities and money. He came from a long family line of respected government officials. His poetry is well-respected, although his gambling was a total loss!

I first encountered his name in this small writing. 

I prithee send me back my heart,

Since I cannot have thine. 

For if from yours, you will not part,

Why then shouldst thou have mine?

What will we be known for when our time comes? I would like people to remember my writings, of course, but better still, I pray that they remember that I loved Jesus as my Lord and Savior with all my heart, and that I served him as best I could, as long as I lived.

Jesus said, “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.” (Matthew 8:22)

Death is so often unexpected. Sir John died from blood poisoning from a nail in his shoe. He was only thirty-three.

It is wise to make decisions about our death at some point, so that others realize what we prefer. Information follows in tomorrow’s devotional.

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