Will I be bold in death?
You have nothing to fear from death; for Jesus, by dying, has disarmed it [death] of its sting, 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 the vanquished enemy; our Lord holds him on a chain, and sets him bounds which he cannot pass.
He provides for us likewise the whole armor of God, and has promised to cover out heads himself in the day of battle, to bring us honorably through every skirmish, and to make us conquerors at last.
~ John Newton’s letter to Mrs. Talbot, who had lost her husband suddenly. Dated October 28, 1777.