On November 8 Virginia Bell, the widow of L. Nelson Bell, who was co-founder of CHRISTIANITY TODAY and its long-time executive editor, went to be with the Lord and with our dear friend Nelson. Her death followed his by less than a year and a half. Blessed indeed are the dead who die in the Lord. All of us who knew her can testify to her gracious spirit, her deep spiritual commitment, her guiding presence in the home, her influence on her children, and the mutual love she shared with her husband. Virginia had been confined to a wheel chair for several years and her sight was nearly gone from cataracts, but she lived above her infirmities. Now she has gone to the land of eternal life, where neither sickness, death, nor tears hold sway. A tribute written by her son appears on page 29 of this issue.

I am writing this note from the Near East, and in an upcoming issue I expect to report my observations on conditions here and the threat of an early war.

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