Kingwood, N. J., Sept. 21, 1849.
BROTHER BEEBE: – Although I have frequently written something for your columns, it has been with much diffidence of my abilities; but desiring to bear some humble testimony to the truth, to lisp forth the praises of the Most High, and, whenever opportunity offers, to speak of Christ and his salvation, with such abilities as I have, my pen has occasionally been employed to convey to distant brethren such accounts of the gracious dealings of the Lord with me, as I trusted would be profitable and edifying to them. But I have never yet written to you on any subject, but what after commending, I have felt disheartened in view of so great a work. My subject would appear so vast and important, so far above my capacity, that I have again and again laid my pen aside in dismay. Thus I get along, on the one hand, a sense of the highest obligation and gratitude to Him who hath delivered me from going down to the pit, as well as love to the brethren to urge me forward; on the other, a sense that I am wholly inadequate to the task, to retard my progress. The communications of many of your correspondents show great ability, and appear as if written free from that embarrassment which I labor under. But perhaps it may be far otherwise. Perhaps the ablest writer, as well as the least, may feel more or less their own weakness and incompetency. Let us then endeavor to hold up each other’s hands and bear with one another, and forgive one another, even as we trust Christ hath forgiven us.
What has become of brother E. Tibbals? I have been much pleased with what I have seen from his pen, but the last account he gave of himself he appeared to be “walking in darkness and having no light.” I should like to hear from him again. I have read with pleasure as well as profit the communications from brother Benedict. I hope we shall hear from him occasionally. I do not mention these however to single them out, or give them a preference to the rest, as, among the present contributors to the Signs, I should be sorry to see a single name discontinued.
As publishing queries appears to be the order of the day, allow me to enquire whether those brethren who are engaged in it really desire to be aided in the discovery of truth, or whether it is more to gratify an idle curiosity? If the former, would it not be better to follow the divine direction, “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;” rather than to seek it of men; for the promise is, “it shall be given him?” If such a course were pursued, and when light on any subject was thus obtained, such brethren should feel disposed to publish it, I think all would be benefited thereby.
Signs of the Times.
Volume 17, No. 22.
November 15, 1849.