The Princess's Diamonds

"Verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward."
Matt. 10:42

The Princess Eugenie of Sweden has for many years devoted herself to efforts for the good of her people.
Desiring to build a Hospital Home for the sick poor in the island of Gottland, her summer residence, she found that her ordinary income, already taxed with many charities, would not yield the necessary funds.
Constrained by the love of Christ, she discovered a way by which the difficulty could be overcome.
First to herself, and then to the king, her brother, she said, "May I not sell my diamonds?"
Consent was given; the diamonds were sold, and the Home for Incurables was built.

Two summers ago, one of its poor inmates, who seemed peculiarly ignorant and inaccessible, was deeply laid upon the heart of the Princess.
"I prayed much for her," were her own words, in narrating what followed.
When about to leave for her winter residence in the city, the matron said, pointing to this woman, "I think you will find her changed."
The Princess approached her bed, and the words that greeted her were,
"I thank God, that the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth from all sin, and that He has cleansed mine," the tears running fast down her cheeks.
"In those tears," said the Princess, "I saw my diamonds again."

Anecdotes Illustrative of New Testament Texts, from The Clerical Library, first published in 1884

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