Soon after moving into the Free Church Manse at Reay, Rev Finlay Cook wrote a letter in July 1844, in which he said this:
I am here in a lonely part of the vineyard, but I have a large house, and a good many rooms in it.
- The first room I have is “Who can tell?” This is a very large room, but a very cold one, and I would not advise my friends to stay long in it.
- The second room I have is “Good hope through grace.” This is a very fine room and I like to sit in it; but through my neglect the robbers come in and put the furniture out of order.
- The third room is “Love.” This is a beautiful room, and there is always a fire in it, but I can seldom get access to it.
- The fourth room I have is “The secret chamber.” The King Himself sits here and we cannot get in until He opens the door and brings us in, and makes His banner over us to be “Love.”
This is one of his many letters, which along with many of his brother’s, Rev Archie Cook, are found in the excellent 210 page book Sidelights on Two Notable Ministries, available from the Free Presbyterian Bookroom for just £3.50. The Bookroom’s telephone number is 0141 332 1760 and the email is: [email protected].