The Coalheaver's Duty to Father and Mother G.
As he cannot come, and take his tithes in kind, has sent his father a few small offerings of the first fruits. I am heartily glad to hear that my poor father is able at times to sit up. Faith, hope, and patience, perform wonders, for they engage the great Physician, who brings down and lifts up, who wounds, and his hands make whole. In affliction he shows his omniscience; in supporting under it his power is displayed; in attending the affliction with his pity, it is sanctified and made bearable; in reviving the good work, we see his faithfulness and truth; and in giving us comfortable submission to his will his tender love appears: and thus we "see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living;" while faith subscribes that "he hath done all things well; for he maketh the blind to see, and the dumb to speak," that they may glorify the God of Israel.
With duty and love,
W. H. S. S.