Manuscript Releases, vol. 2 [Nos. 97-161]


MR No. 119—Ellen White Unable to Sleep; God Sustained Her, Helping Her Find Proper Words When Writing

[Release requested by Margaret R. White for an article “The Burden of the Lord,” to appear in the Ministry.]

I have risen at one o'clock to write to you.... I am afraid for our people—afraid that the love of the world is robbing them of godliness and piety.—Letter 146, 1902, pp. 1, 3. (To Brother and Sister Belden, September 22, 1902.) 2MR 156.1

Night after night for about four weeks I was unable to sleep after 12 o'clock.—Letter 78, 1903, p. 1. (To Elder and Mrs. J. A. Burden, March, 1903.) 2MR 156.2

The burden resting upon me has been so heavy that for weeks I have been unable to sleep past one or two o'clock.—Letter 239, 1903, p. 1. (To J. H. Kellogg, October 28, 1903.) 2MR 156.3

I have faithfully written out the warnings that God has given me. They have been printed in books, yet I cannot forbear. I must write these same things over and over. I ask not to be relieved. As long as the Lord spares my life, I must continue to bear these earnest messages.—Manuscript 21, 1910, 3. (“A Call to Labor in the Great Cities,” June 22, 1910.) 2MR 156.4

I have all faith in God.... He works at my right hand and at my left. While I am writing out important matter, He is beside me, helping me. He lays out my work before me, and when I am puzzled for a fit word with which to express my thought, He brings it clearly and distinctly to my mind. I feel that every time I ask, even while I am still speaking, He responds, “Here am I.”—Letter 127, 1902, p. 3. (To Elder and Mrs. G. A. Irwin, July 18, 1902.) 2MR 156.5

When I see my brethren walking and working as men in a dream, I feel as if I must do something to arouse them. May the Lord help me to do all my duty, for there must be no delay. We are nearing the last great conflict.—Letter 201, 1902, p. 9. (To Elder and Mrs. J. A. Burden, December 15, 1902.) 2MR 157.1

Released March 2, 1960.