The burden of loneliness
Toward evening Mr. Judson went on shore to reconnoiter, but came back to the ship more cast down than his wife had ever seen him. The night of their arrival in Rangoon marked the bluest experience of all their lives, so they both agreed and recorded in their diaries and letters. Afterwards they thought that they ought to have rejoiced that first night to find themselves actually at the haven of their long desire, a thoroughly heathen country, and moreover, one which did not promptly dismiss them from its shores. But at the time, so heavy was
Sharing each other’s distress the husband and wife prayed together and committed themselves wholly to the care of their watchful God, and by and by peace came to their troubled spirits. “Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.”
Ethel Daniel Hubbard, Ann of Ava (Roger Williams Heritage Archives, 1913), 77.