Beautiful Life of Mrs Elizabeth Krecker

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 108 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. "THE FRANCES WILLARD OF OUR WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY." The story of Mrs. Krecker's connection with the Woman's Missionary Society is the history of a heart replying "I can" when duty whispered "You must." It was not because Mrs. Krecker had any desire for pulpit or platform that she was a public speaker; it was not because she felt a native taste for mingling with the many, that her heart and life were interwoven with the destinies of the Woman's Missionary Society; it was not because she relished either leadership or control that she was in authority. Hers was a nature that withdrew from publicity; hers was an affection that clung with everlasting tenderness and self-immolation round a few near, responsive hearts; hers was a temperament that leaned, depended, followed. True, the thrilling current of feeling that flows from speaker to rapt audience, the large and joyous love for a wide, wide world of friends, for a yet wider world of strangers, all of whose souls are felt to be like unto one's own, animated by the same breath of life, aspiring to the same high destiny; the spiritual luxury of being a power for good--all these results of a consecrated public career, and greater than these came to Mrs. Krecker's waiting heart. But they were the harvest reaped with joy after long sowing in tears. The moments of ecstasy over success, the seasons of journeyings where glad welcome and sundry honors sometimes made of each day a triumphal arch, the communion with kindred spirits met here or there in her travels, which were mental and spiritual feasts, can never veil the reality that the beginning and much of the middle and ending of Mrs. Krecker's public life were grim duties, softened and illumined only by her dauntless devotion to...

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