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Good Words 1860
Old Betty


Betty had learned to know and love the Lord in her old days; and because she had loved Him so late, she longed to live to His praise and glory for the short time she might be spared on earth. When her heart was opened, she spoke of Him with a thousand joys, and with a full hope of the crown of glory which He had promised her. She tended the sick, visited the oppressed, prayed for the poor and the heathen, and distributed to the needy as the benevolence of Christian friends put it in her power. In short, she was always abounding in labours of love.

However, in the midst of all this happy work she was seized with a dangerous illness, and confined to her bed. She lay there from day to day, and week to week; and I believe she lay there till the Lord took her to Himself. Betty was as happy on her sick-bed as she had been in her activity; she prayed much, and repeated hymns and passages out of Holy Scripture; and she thought over the good things which she had learned, and the good land to which she drew near. One day an old friend visited her—a teacher, who had long known her. He was amazed to find his neighbour, who had been once so busy and useful, so patient and happy in her room, and said it must be a heavy trial for the lively spirit to lie there so quiet and inactive. "Not at all," replied the old woman, "not at all! When I was well I used to hear the Lord say from day to day, Betty, go here—Betty, go there—Betty, do this—Betty, do that—and I was accustomed to do it as well as I could. And now I hear Him say to me every day, Betty, lie still and cough!"


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