I'd seen the classic literary masterpiece Pilgrim's Progress on film. It was written by John Bunyan, an English preacher in the 1600s who got imprisoned for over 12 years while his family encountered great burdens. In his autobiography, Bunyan wrote:
"I found myself compassed with infirmities; the parting with my wife and poor children hath oft been to me in this place as the pulling the flesh from my bones, and that not only because I have often brought to mind the many hardships, miseries, and wants that my poor family was to meet with, especially my poor blind child, who lay nearer my heart than all I had besides; O the thoughts of the hardship I thought my blind one might go under would break my heart to pieces. Poor child, thought I, what sorrow art thou like to have for thy portion in this world? Thou must beg, suffer hunger, cold, nakedness, and a thousand calamities, though I cannot now endure the wind should blow upon thee. But that which helped me in this temptation was the consideration of this Scripture, 'Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy widows trust in Me.' I had this consideration, that if I should now venture all for God, I engaged God to take care of my concernments."
"Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let your widows trust in Me" (Jeremiah 49:11).