Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 18 (1903)


Lt 61, 1903

Kellogg, M. G.

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

April 18, 1903

Previously unpublished.

M. G. Kellogg

Dear Brother Kellogg,

Sara told me that you called yesterday while I was lying down. I am sorry that I did not see you. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 1

She tells me that no work has been assigned to you. I am sorry for this, but I shall not let the matter rest as it is. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 2

Just now I am so weak and prostrated that I can do but little. I have been writing some things for the Council at Battle Creek and have also written some letters. At the Conference it was necessary for me to preserve my strength for important matters that I alone could handle. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 3

Have courage in the Lord, my brother, and do not, I entreat of you, lose faith. Some work will open up for you. You could do evangelistic work in San Francisco or in other places. You can speak to the people. Let your talks be short and frequent. Do not speak of things that they cannot understand. Give them the simple truths of the Bible, and the Lord will bless and strengthen you. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 4

I will do something for you as soon as I am able. I will lay your case before the brethren. In those great cities there is surely something you can do, or the Lord will open some other door for you. Did not your brother John have some suggestion for your work? 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 5

You are having a trying experience with your eyesight. But looking unto Christ, believing in Him who is the Light of the world, will bring you comfort and joy and peace. If today Christ were among us, as when He, the great Medical Missionary, walked the earth, you would go to Him for comfort and healing. Today no curious multitudes flock to the desert places to see and hear the Christ. His voice is not heard in the busy streets. No cry is heard from the wayside, “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” [Luke 18:37.] But this word is true to us today. He walks unseen through our streets. We are to realize that Christ is in our world, a practical Worker. With messages of mercy, He comes to the homes of those who will receive Him. Thank God, He stands ready to be found of every one who humbly and earnestly seeks Him. He will breathe the Living Spirit into every hungry heart. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 6

Be of good courage in the Lord, my brother. Wait patiently, and the Lord will open the way before you. I send encouraging words to your wife and her mother. Do not despond, but hope in the Lord. I am thinking of you, and I will pray for you all, as well as for myself. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 7

In faith, hope, and courage, I write these words to you. May the Lord be your Helper and your Strength is my prayer. 18LtMs, Lt 61, 1903, par. 8