A Joyous Heart by Carrie Bender

By Carrie Bender

Existence at the farm is peaceable and profitable despite difficulties that crop up. all at once disorder and dying strike the kin. Blaming herself, Miriam unearths it approximately most unlikely to deal with grief.

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December 27 Amanda's condition has made a turn for the worse, and I'm feeling downright panicky. We had an appointment with Dr. , but when we came to the office, the door was locked and no one was around. It was all so strange. We had called him before starting out from our home, and he had assured us it's all right to come, over the Christmas holidays, and that he wouldn't be taking a vacation. Bill, our driver, was indignant. He says he's beginning to feel that this doctor is one big hoax and not to be trusted.

He laughed as he spoke, pretending it was all only a funny joke. But under- Page 23 neath it all, I could tell he was in earnest. I smiled. " "I am," he admitted. "About ninety-five percent of the time, I think I'd like to start dating her. " "I think she'd make a fine wife for you. " he asked eagerly. " "No, especially since she's in the class taking instruction for baptism, I noticed a difference," I assured him. "She's more steady and serious minded, more thoughtful of other's feelings. " Rudy went out the door whistling a glad tune.

They even scrubbed the walls, windows, woodwork, and doors. Tomorrow they'll prepare food. Realizing so many people care and are helping so much has comforted me. I'm even able to see and understand what a great gain this is for Amanda, even in the midst of our loss. And that blessed hope that we'll someday be with her again sustains my spirit. " The innocent excitement in her voice made my throat choke up. We watched, hand in hand, as they carried the small coffin into the sitting room. I turned my back and swallowed hard as the undertaker opened the lid.

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