By Derek Elles
Rosalind Goforth (6 May 1864 – 31 May 1942) was a Presbyterian missionary and author born near London, England and moved to Montreal, Canada at the age of three. Influenced by her father, who was an artist, she graduated from the Toronto School of Art in May 1885.
At age 12, Rosalind gave her life to Christ and after being harassed by her peers, she turned to the Bible and found comfort reading John 6:37. After another difficult incident a time later, she again found comfort in the Bible reading Proverbs 8:17. In her biography she states that “On these two texts I took my stand and have never doubted since then that I was the Lord’s child.”
During her life, Rosalind also wrote several books including the biography of her husband. Below is a poem taken from her book Climbing: Memoirs of a Missionary’s Wife.
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If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back-
It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perchance, Faith’s light is dim, because the oil is low,
Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.
Call back, and tell me that He went with you into the storm;
Call back, and say He kept you when forest’s roots were torn;
That when the heavens thunder and the earthquake shook the hill.
He bore you up and held where the very air was still.
O friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot see your face;
They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race;
But there are mists between us and my spirit eyes are dim,
And I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him.
But if you’ll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry,
And if you’ll say He saw you through the night’s sin-darkened sky-
If you have gone a little way ahead, O friend, call back-
It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.
Suffering many struggles such as the loss of 5 young children, of which some were babies, and escaping the Boxer Rebellion, Rosalind died in Toronto, Canada, and is buried there alongside her husband at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
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