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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Suffering: True Service
Old Betty was converted late in life, and though very poor, was very active.. She visited the sick; out of her own poverty she gave to those who were still poorer; collected a little money from others when she could give none of her own, and told many a one of the love of the Saviour. At last she caught cold and rheumatism, and lay in bed month after month, pain-worn and helpless. A good minister went to see her, and asked, if after her active habits she did not find the change very hard to bear. 'No, sir, not at all. When I was well, I used to hear the Lord say day by day, 'Betty, go here; Betty, go there; Betty, do this; Betty, do that;' and I used to do it as well as I could; and now I hear him say every day, 'Betty, lie still and cough.': James Hamilton, D.D.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Suffering: True Service'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/s/suffering-true-service.html. 1870.