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“These Hands”


A young man and a young woman were engaged to be married and were looking forward to a near wedding day when the young man was suddenly called to serve his country. From the field of warfare letters regularly came and went and love shone brightly in all of them.


The letters from the young man abruptly ceased. A few weeks passed and then there came a letter in a strange handwriting. In it the young woman read:


“There has been another battle. I have lost both my arms. I asked my comrade to write this for me, and to tell you that I release you from our engagement for now I will not be able to work and support you.”


That letter was never answered. By the next train the young woman journeyed southward. She left the train and went directly to the hospital. Inquiring the location of the young man’s room she quietly approached.


Upon seeing her fiancé, she looked into his sad eyes, kissed him and whispered in his ear the words, “I will never give you up. These hands of mine will work for you. We will live our life of love together.”


---------------S. E. DuBois, in Gospel Herald

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