1884. The year which is closing has been to our family a year of blessing in many ways. There have been four additions to our numbers, two by birth and two by marriage, viz! the two little grand children, Susie Pascoe and Weldon Bagster Cooke, and the two daughters-in-law, Alice and Lou. For these additions we are thankful, and pray they may ever be blessings to us. To our family circle has come no bereavement by death - Praise the Lord, though two of the kinsfolk - Edna Hammond and brother Horace's wife Dolly, have been taken away from the loving homes to which they belonged. The shadow of a great trial rests upon us as a church in the loss of our pastor, and I feel a sense of personal bereavement in the going away of Ida and Mr. Pascoe. It did not seem as if he would leave us, but surely he has gone and left us sad and sorrowful. But the dear Father can, in His own goodtime, send us another Shepherd, and we pray that He will. Now in closing this diary, which I have kept for five years I must speak of my health. These years have been years of almost constant sickness and suffering, and at the present time I have nothing else to anticipate for the future, but if it is the Father's will that I shall evermore be sick, I hope to patiently endure "even unto the end", for He has promised to be with me, and His presence makes even asthma and confinement endurable. Every day, for all these years, I have tried to keep the motto which I chose for this volume, in sight, and to feel that, come life or death to me, I am the Lord's. And He has given me many happy days. So in closing I wish to add the motto which I have chosen for my next volume, if it please Him to let me write another, and with all my heart to say, "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation." Yes, He loadeth us with benefits - blessed be His name. So old year, goodbye. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 45 S.S. 50.)
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