From the pen of Mary Winslow (1774-1854) to a friend recently widowed. Mrs. Winslow too was a widow, left with 9 children to bring up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
He can make straight our crooked paths, and smooth the rough ones. The silver and the gold belong to Him; and all hearts are in His hand, and He can turn them as it seemeth to Him good. And what is more—all things are yours, because you belong to Christ, and Christ is God’s beloved Son and unspeakable gift. Then be of good courage, live by faith in the Son of God, and walk with your heavenly Father in your journey homeward, shortening every hour.
Heaven Opened: A Selection from the Correspondence of Mrs. Mary Winslow, edited by her son, Octavius Winslow, 1864, reprinted by Reformation Heritage Books, 2001, pp. 124-25.