• “The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment.” – Elisabeth Elliot

A Note from Martha Snell Nicholson’s Nephew


I was surfing the net this evening, and for some reason, I got to thinking
about Martha Snell Nicholson.  You see, Martha Snell Nicholson was my aunt.
She passed when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and my memory of her is very
faded, although I believe I did see her once when I was very young.

I do not know why I thought of her on this particular day, and I do not know
why I did a search of her name on the Internet. I do know that I am very pleased that
someone in this world thought enough of  my aunt to feature her work on their web page.
When I was very young, I remember having copies of her work in the house.  I
do not remember reading her work as a child, although her books were there.
Somewhere along the line, I remember having some of her books, although I
have no idea where they may have gotten to.  I am now 54 years old, soon to
be 55, and am very aware of the mortality of my time in life.  I read with
reverence, the samples of her work on your web page, and would love to read
more of her work.

I find great comfort in knowing that my aunt is so very appreciated, even in
our present day and age.  I find that some of her work is as if it was just
written today.  She seemed to be a very insightful woman, with a true love and devotion to
Christ.  She seems to me, to have been a truly awesome woman, a woman of great
sensitivity, and truly a child of God.  Someday, I will know her, in heaven.
Now, though, during my time on earth, I want to really learn all about her
that I can.

You may print this letter, if you choose, on your web page.  I would truly
love to know of people that knew my aunt, that could tell me of their
encounters with her.

My email address is patsouthard@aol.com, and I would welcome any and all
emails from anyone, anywhere in the world that knew my aunt.

Thank you so very much for your attention to this letter.

In Christ’s love,

Pat Southard

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