Thomas Boston, Works, 5:549:
An angel’s presence could not please Moses in the wilderness, Exod. 33:2, 15, nor dry Mary’s cheeks in the garden, while she knew not where her Lord was, John 20:12, 13. The house though thronged with servants is empty to the wife, while her beloved husband is not there. The gracious soul would make stepping stones of all, to carry it to Christ the best beloved.