This page is part of the Online Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder.
It’s been 60 years since Ida Scudder passed away, in 1960. But we still feel her presence and still hear her voice, across the ages.
Father, whose life is within me and
Whose love is ever about me,
Grant that Thy life
May be maintained in my life,
Today and everyday;
That with gladness of heart,
Without haste or confusion of thought,
I may go about my daily tasks,
Conscious of my ability to meet every rightful demand.
Seeing the larger meaning of little things,
and finding beauty and love everywhere.
And in the sense of Thy presence,
May I walk through the hours
Breathing the atmosphere of love
Rather than anxious striving.
First ponder, then dare.
Know your facts.
Count the cost.
Money is not the important thing.
What you are building is not a medical school.
It is the Kingdom of God.
Don’t err on the side of being too small.
If you find yourself in a small hospital in some out of the way place,
set yourself to work it up,
study to perfect yourself whenever you have time to study.
Some of the greatest names in the medical world
are of those who have toiled for years in some obscure spot
and by their faithfulness to small details.
The question which comes to every thoughtful earnest mind is,
How can I best use my life?
How can I make it of the greatest service to my fellowmen.
I have been placed in this world for a distinct purpose.
Have I found it?
Am I fitted into my place?
Such questions came to my mind some years ago
and they had to be settled as all such questions must be,
by long and earnest thought,
by much prayer.
We would often have felt faint hearted
and have lost courage
and have been ready to give up the struggle,
but as someone has said
“our steps of faith have often fallen on a seeming void,
but we have always found the rock beneath.”
Today, we stand as it were on the mountain top of achievement.
You have bravely and splendidly toiled on.
There will probably never be a time in your lives which will hold the same meaning that today holds;
the thrill of having accomplished much gives you joy,
but much lies before you of work to be done;
but as among the mountain ranges so in life, there are still greater heights in the distance;
more stony paths to climb and you will realise you have only made a beginning.
You cannot remain where you are,
satisfied with this first achievement.
Surrounding every mountain peak there are valleys,
and into these valleys, one must go
before they can attain the greater heights.
You will not only be curing diseases,
but will also be battling with epidemics, plagues and pestilences
and preventing them.
Face trials with a smile,
with head erect and a calm exterior.
If you are fighting for the right
and for a true principle,
be calm and sure and keep on until you win