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01/06/2010 / Test All Things

A Letter To A Sister In Christ – July 2nd, 1868

My dear sister Fanny,

I am sorry to find from your letter that you are still so afflicted in body. I was in hopes you were gradually recovering health and strength, and, though weak, were able to come down stairs, or even get out into the open air. Unless much favored and supported by God, bodily illness is a great affliction; but you know where to look to for strength, and who has graciously said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” In times past He has been your stay, and “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” To be so weak and helpless is a great affliction; but it is sent to wean you from this world, make life burdensome, and death desirable. You have had a long life compared with most, and for the most part a healthy one, and you cannot wonder if growing years bring with them growing infirmities. How many have we seen younger than we borne away—and we still remain. It is nearly twenty-one years ago since I came to Stoke from Malvern. Dr. S., your dear husband, and many others, little dreamt that I would survive them. But here I still am, “faint yet pursuing,” in body and soul.

The Lord support you under your trials and afflictions.

Your affectionate Brother,
J. C. P.

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