Her Calling and her Ministry - 3
Part 3: Her Last Messages, her Final
A Letter from Elder W. C.
White. ("Review and Herald", Mar. 11.) From Spalding Magan Unpublished
Mss. Pg. 451-453
THE LAST DAYS OF MRS.
E. G. WHITE and HER LAST MESSAGES:
A MESSAGE FOR OUR YOUNG
W. Published in Review & Herald of April 15, 1915.) From Spalding Magan
Unpublished Mss. Pg. 453-455
"I KNOW MY WORK IS DONE."
W. C. W. "Elmshaven, Sanitarium,
Cal., March 7, 1915
"I GO ONLY A LITTLE
BEFORE THE OTHERS."
(Review & Herald, June 17,
"UNTO HIM BE THE GLORY."
W.C.W. (Review & Herald, July 1,
LONGS FOR REST.
(Review &. Herald, July 22,
DEATH OF SISTER E. G. WHITE.
Herald, July 22, 1915.)
From Spalding Magan Unpublished
Mss. Pg. 455-458
THE LAST DAYS OF MRS. E. G. WHITE.
(On February 13, 1915, Sister White met with an accident, the prelude to her
death, which occurred Friday afternoon, July 16, 1915. The following reports and
articles contain her last instructions, given during this time.)
A Letter from Elder W. C. White.
("Review and Herald", Mar. 11.)
During the past few months mother's general condition of health has been as
favorable as could be expected of one of her age. She has stated that at no
other period of her life has she been so free from physical pain. And while she
has gradually become more feeble, yet she had not, prior to her recent accident,
been obliged to spend a day in bed. She had been able to go up and down stairs
without assistance, and in favorable weather, has taken pleasure in riding out
once a day, and sometimes twice.
Her cheerfulness has never diminished. When referring to her age and physical
condition, she has often expressed gratitude to God for his care. Her abiding
trust in Him has never wavered.
Always thoughtful of others, she has manifested recently still greater
solicitude regarding the welfare of her friends and associates. She has found
great joy in reading the reports of progress in the Review and in letters from
her old friends. She has taken a deep interest in the work of preparing her
manuscripts for publication.
Wednesday morning, January 27, I returned home after an absence of sixteen
weeks in the East and South. I found Mother cheerful and interested to hear
about the work in the places that I had visited. She seemed to be about as well
as when I left home early in October.
Friday afternoon, February 12, as I was leaving the office for a quick trip
to St. Helena, mother came outdoors, and we spent ten minutes in walking about
in the bright sunshine, and talking about the progress of the message in all the
Sabbath morning, mother appeared to be as well as usual. About noon as she
was entering her study from the hallway, she tripped and fell. Her nurse, May
Walling, who was in the hall about twenty feet away, hastened to her assistance,
and endeavored to help her onto her feet. When mother cried out with pain, May
lifted her into a rocking chair, pulled the chair through the hall to mother's
bedroom, and got her to bed. Then May telephoned Dr. Klingerman at the
sanitarium, at once applied fomentations to the hip, where the pain seemed to be
When the doctor came, he said that is was either a bad sprain or a fracture,
and advised an X-ray examination at the sanitarium. This examination showed an "intracapsular
fracture of the left femur at the junction of the head and neck." Mother bore
very patiently all the painful experiences of being carried from her room to the
sanitarium and back again.
Sara McEnterfer, who was her traveling companion and secretary most of the
time for thirty years, is with her; and so is May Walling, who was brought up in
her home, and who has been her faithful nurse for about two years. Mrs.
Hungerford, a trained nurse from the sanitarium, is also with her.
Mother occupies her study, where for the last ten busy years she did most of
her writing. Sometimes when half awake, she asks how long the journey will take,
and when she will get home; and then, when fully awake, she says, "I am right
here in my own room."
In our seasons of prayer mother unites with her usual fervor and clearness of
thought, expressing complete confidence and entire resignation.
Since her accident she has told me that she feels that her work is done, her
battles ended, and that she is willing to lie down and sleep till the
resurrection morning, unless there is yet some special work the Lord has for her
This is not a new thought, but is in perfect harmony with her frequent
expressions during the past year. Regarding her constant faith and courage,
Brother C. C. Crisler wrote to me Dec. 23, 1914, as follows:-
"Even when exceedingly brain-weary, your mother seems to find great comfort
in the promises of the Word, and often catches up a quotation and completes it
when we begin quoting some familiar scripture. At such times she seems to me to
be even more spiritual minded than usual; that is, she swells more at length on
her personal experience and faith and hope, and recounts providences that cause
her to renew her courage in God, At such times she also reaches out after
spiritual comfort and help, and asks more frequently than at other times that we
mite in prayer with her.
"I do not find her discouraged over he own case, nor do I find her
discouraged over the general outlook throughout the harvest field where her
brethren are laboring. She seems to have strong faith in God's power to
overrule, and to bring to pass his eternal purpose through the efforts of those
whom he has called to act a part in his great work. She rises above petty
criticism, above even the failures of those who have been reproved, and
expressed the conviction, born, apparently, of an innate faith in the church of
the living God, that her brethren will remain faithful to the cause they have
espoused, and that the Lord will continue with them to the end, and grant them
complete victory over every device of the enemy.
"Faith in God's power to sustain her through the many weaknesses attendant on
old ago; faith in the precious promises of God's Word; faith in her brethren who
bear the burden of the work; faith in the final triumph of the third angel's
message,--this is the full faith your mother seems to enjoy everyday and every
hour. This is the faith that fills her heart with joy and peace, even when
suffering great physical weakness, and unable to make progress in literary
lines. A faith such as this would inspire anyone who could witness it."
W. C. White.
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 451-453
A MESSAGE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.
Wednesday morning, March 3, 1915.
(About ten o'clock this morning, Mother began to talk with her nurse about
selecting books for the young that would strengthen their minds. The nurse
called me, and I wrote down, as fully as I could, what Mother said to me. Here
is that portion of what she said that is of general interest.--W.
C. W. Published in Review & Herald of April 15, 1915.)
There are books that are of vital importance that are not looked at by our
young people. They are neglected because they are not so interesting to them as
some lighter reading.
We should advise the young to take hold of such reading matter as recommends
itself for the upbuilding of Christian character.
The most essential points of our faith should be stamped upon the memory of
the young. They have hade a glimpse of these truths, but not such an
acquaintance as would lead them to look upon their study with favor. Our youth
should read that which will have a healthful, sanctifying effect upon the mind.
This they need in order to be able to discern what is true religion. There is
much good reading that is not sanctifying.
Now is our time and opportunity to labor for the young people. Tell them that
we are now in a perilous crises, and we want to know how to discern true
godliness. Our young people need to be helped, uplifted, and encouraged, but in
the right manner; not, perhaps, as they would desire it, but in a way that will
help them to have sanctified minds. They need good, sanctifying religion more
than anything else.
I do not expect to live long. My work is nearly done. Tell our young people
that I want my words to encourage them in that manner of life that will be most
attractive to the heavenly intelligences, and that their influence upon others
may be most ennobling.
In the night season I was selecting and laying aside books that are of no
advantage to the young. We should select for them books that will encourage them
to sincerity of life, and lead them to the opening of the Word. This has been
presented to me in the past, and I thought I would get it before you and make it
secure. We can not afford to give to young people valueless reading. Books that
are a blessing to mind and soul are needed. These things are too lightly
regarded; therefore our people should become acquainted with what I am saying.
I do not think I shall have more Testimonies for our people. Our men of solid
minds know what is good for the uplifting and upbuilding of the work. But with
the love of God in their hearts, they need to go deeper and deeper into the
study of the things of God. I am very anxious that our young people shall have
the proper class of reading; then the old people will get it also. We must keep
our eyes on the religious attraction of the truth. We are to keep mind and brain
open to the truths of Godís Word. Satan comes when men are unaware. We are not
to be satisfied because the message of warning has been once presented. We must
present it again and again.
We could begin a course of reading so intensely interesting that it would
attract and influence many minds. If I am spared for further labor, I should
gladly help to prepare books for the young.
There is a work to be done for the young by which their minds will be
impressed and molded by the sanctifying truth of God. It is my sincere wish for
our young people that they find the true meaning of justification by faith, and
the perfection of character that will prepare them for eternal life. I do not
expect to live long, and I leave this message for the young, that the aim which
they make shall not miscarry.
I exhort my brethren to encourage the young ever to keep the preciousness and
grace of God highly exalted. Work and pray constantly for a sense of the
preciousness of true religion. Bring in the blessedness and the attractiveness
of holiness and the grace of God. I have felt a burden regarding this because I
know it is neglected.
I have no assurance that my life will last long, but I feel that I am
accepted of the Lord. He knows how much I have suffered as I have witnessed the
low standards of living adopted by so-called Christians. I have felt that it was
imperative that the truth should be seen in my life, and that my testimony
should go to the people. I want that you should do all you can to have my
writings placed in the hands of the people in foreign lands.
Tell the young that they have had many spiritual advantages. God wants them
to make earnest efforts to get the truth before the people. I am impressed that
it is my special duty to say these things.
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 453-455
"I KNOW MY WORK IS DONE"
(A Circular Letter from W. C. White.)
"Elmshaven, Sanitarium, Cal., March 7, 1915
During the last week Mother has been sitting up three or four hours each day.
The doctors say that she is holding up remarkably, considering her age.
Last Wednesday she said to Brother Crisler, "I need the prayers of all Godís
people." To her nurse she said, "Jesus is my blessed Redeemer, and I love him
with my whole being."
Today in talking with Brother Crisler, she said, "My courage is grounded in
my Saviour. I want that peace that abounds in Christ Jesus. My work is nearly
ended. Looking over the past, I do not feel the least mite of despondency or
discouragement. I feel so grateful that the Lord has withheld me from despair or
discouragement, and that I can still hold the banner. I am very grateful that
this is so. I know Him whom I love, and in whom my soul trusteth."
Speaking of death, she said, "I feel the sooner the better; all the time that
is how I feel,--the sooner the better. I have not a discouraging thought, nor
sadness. I have hoped that I should be able once more to speak to the people;
but that is the Lordís business, not mine."
"I have light and faith and hope and courage and joy in the Lord, and that is
enough. The Lord understands what I can endure, and he has given me grace to
bear up under the discouragements that I have sometimes had to bear, and I feel
thankful for this.
"I have nothing to complain of: I thank the Lord for all his goodness, all
his mercy, all his love."
Pointing to and handling some of her books, she continued: "I appreciate
these books as I never did before. I appreciate them. They are truth, and they
are righteousness, and they are an everlasting testimony that God is true.
"I have nothing to complain of. Let the Lord take his way and do his work
with me, so that I am refined and purified; and that is all I desire. I know my
work is done; it is of no use to say anything else. I shall rejoice when my time
comes, that I am permitted to lie down to rest in peace. I have no desire that
my life shall be prolonged."
Following a prayer by Brother Crisler, she prayed: "Heavenly Father, I come
to Thee, weak, like a broken reed, yet by the Holy Spiritís vindication of
righteousness and truth that shall prevail. I thank Thee, Lord, I thank Thee,
and I will not draw away from anything that shall prevail. Let thy light, let
thy joy and peace, be upon me in my last hours, that I may glorify Thee, is my
greatest desire; and this is all that I shall ask of Thee. Amen."
Following the prayer: "I did not know how it would be in the last, the very
last, on account of the affliction. But I find that I can lean my whole weight
on the promises of God; and I do not at all doubt or question his wisdom in any
way. He has provided for me to be carried through; and I will rejoice just as
long as I have tongue and voice."
"I GO ONLY A
LITTLE BEFORE THE OTHERS."
(Review & Herald, June 17, 1915)
Under date of May 27. Elder W. C. White writes as follows:
Tuesday morning, May 25, she was very weak, but her mind seemed clear; and
when I asked if she was comfortable, she said:
"I am very weak. I am sure that this is my last sickness. I am not worried at
the thought of dying. I feel comforted all the time, the Lord is so near me. I
am not anxious. The preciousness of the Saviour has been so plain to me. He has
been a Friend. He has kept me in sickness and in health.
"I do not worry about the work I have done. I have done the best I could. I
do not think I shall be lingering long. I do not expect much suffering. I am
thankful that we have the comforts of life in time of sickness. Do not worry. I
go only a little before the others."
"UNTO HIM BE THE GLORY."
(Review & Herald, July 1, 1915.)
At three oíclock Sabbath afternoon, May 29, 1915, Elder G. B. Starr visited
Sister White. Elder Starr found her in her reclining chair, in the bay window of
her room, looking out upon the trees and hills about her place. He remarked how
glad he was to find her amid such pleasant surroundings, and stated that she
looked much better than when he saw her the Tuesday before.
She replied that she was grateful for her pleasant surroundings, and that
they had much improved in the years since she first came here.
Sister White then said: "I am pained at the lightness and frivolity that has
come in. It seems to be everywhere. We must seek greater solemnity as a people,
before we shall see the power of God manifested as it should be." This she
repeated two or three times, almost word for word, and she seemed to be greatly
pained over the matter.
She continued: "O, how much we need more of the Holy Spirit! There is a great
work to be done, and how are we ever to accomplish it?"
To this Elder Starr said: "God is raising up hundreds of strong young men and
women through our schools and sanitariums, and is putting his Holy Spirit upon
them, and qualifying them to do a great and blessed work; and many of them are
devoted, sober, earnest, and successful."
She replied: "I am so glad to hear that! You could not have told me anything
Continuing, she said: "I wish that I might speak again to the people, and
help carry the work; but they tell me I must not speak in public now."
She then inquired, "Where have you been keeping yourself so long?"
Elder Starr replied, "At Melrose, Mass., at the sanitarium where you said we
ought to work."
"Oh yes," she answered, "I have always felt a great interest in the cause in
the East, and have not lost it. The work there is not nearly finished; it is
only just begun. There is a great work to be done. I wish that I might bear
another testimony to our people, a strong testimony."
Elder Starr said, "We are praying daily that God will raise you up and
strengthen you to bear another testimony to his people, if that is his will."
"Keep on praying," she answered.
Elder Starr then asked if she should like to have him pray with her. She
replied that she should be very glad to have him pray. He knelt close by her
side, so that she could hear well, and after thanking God for his many
blessings, in giving to us his truth, and the special part he had enabled Sister
White to act in it, he repeated, word for word, very slowly, Paulís prayer
recorded in Ephesians 3: 14-21, as follows: "For this cause I bow my knees unto
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and
earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may
be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and
depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that
ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that
worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all
ages, world without end. Amen."
Sister White gave expression to several hearty amens during the quoting of
this prayer; and when it was over, she expressed her gratitude for the call and
the prayer, and requested Elder Starr to call again.
W. C. White.
LONGS FOR REST.
(Review &. Herald, July 22, 1915)
A letter from Elder W. C. White, dated July 7, says: "Mother is slowly losing
ground. She talks but little now and longs for rest. It is now 144 days since
the accident. What a strange world this will be to me when mother is gone!"
DEATH OF SISTER E. G. WHITE.
(Review & Herald, July 22, 1915.)
We stop our Presses to announce the sad word of the death of Sister E. G.
White, which occurred at her home, near St. Helena, Cal., Friday afternoon, July
After a life of nearly eighty-eight years of faithful, untiring labor for
God, and for her fellow men, a truly noble woman, a devoted servant of the
Master, rests from her labors. The influence of her godly life will live on to
gather with Christ till the final harvest.
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 455-458