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Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 381

Chapter 30—With the Lord's Messenger in Early 1905

The year 1905 was only one hour old when Ellen White rose on a Sunday morning and made her way to her writing room. She reports:

It is a cool morning. Built my fire. Bowed before the Lord in prayer. I have so many things burdening my mind. I ask the Lord Jesus to direct me, to guide me. What shall I trace with my pen this morning ...?

I need the Great Guide to control my mind. What shall I trace with the pen first? ... Oh, how much I feel that I need the guidance of the Holy Spirit!—Manuscript 173, 1905.

It was to be a momentous year. At the very hour she was writing, a part of the Melrose Sanitarium in New England was being ravaged by fire. She would learn of this later, of course. Two new sanitariums in southern California, started in response to her urgent calls, were struggling to their feet, and she would soon call for a third. The denomination was still in the throes of agony over the defection of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his associates. The growing work in the South faced many needs. The General Conference session would be held in Washington in May, and Ellen White had been urged to attend. There were bills pending in Congress that if passed would put the District of Columbia under Sunday laws, which caused her no small concern. Work must be finished on the manuscript for The Ministry of Healing, and there was the constant burden of writing testimonies to individuals, to institutional leaders, and to conference officers.

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