I have often heard wonderful things said of Elizabeth Prentiss and I have finally had the opportunity to read one of her books – Stepping Heavenward. Wow! It is a book of her journal entries from the time she was 16 yrs old. It is so refreshing to read her thoughts – her struggles – to know someone else thinks and feels the same way – even in the 1800’s! Here are a few excerpts that really struck me today – the first when she was about to lose a child and the second after she had lost a child.
“One morning she seemed almost gone, and we knelt around her with bursting hearts to commend her parting soul to Him in whose arms we were about to place her. But it seemed as if all He asked of us was to come to that point, for then He gave her back to us; and she is still ours, only sevenfold dearer… Yes, we will give up our children to Him if He asks for them. He shall never have to snatch them from us by force.”
“What a fearful thing it is to be a mother! But I have given my child to God. I would not recall him if I could. I am thankful He has counted me worthy to present Him so costly a gift.”