Greetings! I’m Jessica. A big welcome to my humble abode on the World Wide Web. The title of this blog is taken from the book The Pilgrim’s Progress: from this World to that Which is to Come, written by the Puritan preacher, John Bunyan, in a prison cell. It has never been out of print since its first publication in 1678.
J.C. Ryle wrote about this book in his Knots Untied, “I doubt not that the one volume of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,’—written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin,—will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together.”
The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the beginning, progression, and conclusion of the true Christian life. It tells us of the trials, temptations, and triumphs of a man named Christian as he goes on a pilgrimage from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City and eternal life. Many of the events we read are universal tales about human struggles through hardship with which anyone can identify. Places through which we follow Christian include the Delectable Mountains, Palace Beautiful, Hill of Difficulty, Slough of Despond, Valley of Humiliation, Doubting Castle, Vanity Fair, and Valley of the Shadow of Death amongst others.
This blog is named after the book because I live a pilgrim’s life, traveling to eternity whilst keeping one eye on the Celestial City and another on the daily activities in this world. The road to the Celestial City is always an ascent (Psalm 24:3); and sin makes this world a dry and weary land. However, the Lord Jesus Christ is as much with us in the valleys as on mountaintops. Through whichever valleys I may pass, whatever slough into which I may have fallen, whichever river to ford, or what Hill of Difficulty I may climb in my pilgrimage . . . my Guide is ever watchful, my Deliverer unfailing, and He is faithful in keeping His people till they arrive home at the Celestial City—that glorious, heavenly city not made with human hands—the city whose Builder and Maker is God (2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:9-10).
The purpose of this blog is to record what I am learning as I walk along the paths to the Celestial City, so I may remember the Lord’s faithfulness at different stations of my pilgrimage. I have nothing original to write that has not already been written (and much more eloquently) by others, especially those great “heroes of the faith” from the past who have trodden faithfully the paths before me. Hence the purpose of this blog is for my own personal benefit, as a sort of commonplace book, to aid me in remembering helpful things.
I’d be delighted to hear from you. I enjoy hearing or learning from other like-minded Christians with whose paths the Lord crosses mine, as fellow pilgrims traveling “from this world to that which is to come.”
I hope that you may leave this site with increased joy in our sovereign Lord.
“Let us use worldly things as wise pilgrims do their staves and other necessaries convenient for their journey. So long as they help us forward in our way, let us make use of them, and accordingly esteem them. But if they become troublesome hindrances and cumbersome burdens, let us leave them behind us, or cast them away.”
Sola Gratia. Sola Fide. Solus Christus. Sola Scriptura. Soli Deo Gloria.