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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 338

Chapter 25—1911—A Year of Concentrated Book Preparation

There is no extant word from Ellen White, or even her son William, that marked the beginning of the new year as 1911 dawned. Her eighty-third birthday on November 26—a few weeks before—makes a better milestone for marking the passing of another year. She was glad it came on Sabbath, for she wrote in her diary, “This gives me a most excellent opportunity to reflect upon the goodness and mercies of God to spare my life so many years to engage heartily in the work which He has given me to do.”—Manuscript 60, 1910. The fall weather had been pleasant, and on this Sabbath she wrote to Edson in words of gratitude:

I am more thankful than I can express for the uplifting of the Spirit of the Lord, and for the strength that He gives me. Recently I spoke at the Pacific Union College and in the Sanitarium chapel. On both occasions I had much freedom.

And then she quickly added:

But I dare not spend too much strength in public speaking, because I am trying to complete the manuscript for my unfinished book on Old Testament history. I have recently been able to do some important writing. May the Lord give me His grace, and enable me to understand the work He would have me carry forward in His name.—Letter 136, 1910.

On this, her birthday, no pessimism was evidenced as she viewed the church on its march toward a victorious reward. After

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