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Lt 378, 1904

Davis, Marian

“New England Sanitarium,” Melrose, Massachusetts

August 17, 1904

Portions of this letter are published in 2SM 251.

Dear Sister Marian Davis,—

I would be pleased to be at home, but just what meetings I shall consent to attend is uncertain; therefore we will do the very best we can. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 1

I have not for one moment wished you could be with us, because our home is in every way preferable to any place we have yet been in. As for the sanitarium location we are now in, I cannot describe it. It is the most perfect location for a sanitarium. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 2

I have had my first ride today and wished you were seated in one vacant seat. I am asking the Lord to strengthen you. We are hopeful that you are better. Do keep fast hold of the Lord, your hand in the hand of Christ. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 3

I had quite an ill turn yesterday—acute pain near the heart—and I took hot bandages, yet was not relieved. Every breath seemed full of pain. But after treatment I fell asleep and am better today. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 4

Marian, you must not become discouraged. Your case is in the hands of the Lord, and you must now submit your case in regard to treatment to let the physicians Dr. Evans and Dr. Margaret do those things for you that must be done. We have other books to put in your hands when you shall overcome the illness now upon you. Be sure to eat, even if it causes some pain. The longer you refrain from eating the weaker you will become. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 5

I am very sorry we have been kept away from home one hour over the appointed time, but we cannot always do as we would. The Lord knows all about my desire to return home; but I am not to act like a stubborn child, but submit to the ways of the Lord, and without a murmur. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 6

We may inquire, How can the Lord have need of us? Is not our God full of might? Will you not lay hold on His strength? No living being can help you as the Lord Jesus can. Trust in Him. He will care for you. 19LtMs, Lt 378, 1904, par. 7