Old Books, New Treasures

Old books, new treasures

While organizing my missionary books I came across a small volume (about 3” x 5”) entitled Missionary Daily Text Book, published by The Religious Tract Society. There is no author or compiler listed nor publication date, though by the looks of the binding, endpapers, and pages it was probably printed in the late 1800’s.

The book has entries for each day of the year and highlights missionary themed scriptures and quotes along with notable missionary events for each date.  I’d like to share a few entries from this week.

The Judsons

February 19 – Adoniram Judson sailed for India, 1812. Mark 10:27 With God all things are possible.

Judson and his wife Ann sailed for India, but God redirected them to Burma (modern Myanmar) where they endured privation, suspicion, false accusation, imprisonment, starvation, the death of children, and finally the death of Ann.

Bud God allowed the translation of the Scriptures to survive and eventually many Burmese were won to Christ.  Our friend pastors a church in Calgary where a number of the Karen tribe from Burma worship.  They trace their spiritual ancestry back to relatives who were won to Christ by the work of the Judsons.

Longfellow poem

February 21 – Longfellow poem (taken from Hymn for My Brother’s Ordination)
And evermore beside him on his way
The unseen Christ shall move,
That he may lean upon His arm and say
Dost Thou, dear Lord, approve?

James Gilmour and Mtesa – Answers to prayer  EmilyPrankard411px-Gilmourjames

February 22 – James Gilmour sails for China, 1870
Mtesa’s request for missionaries given through H. M. Stanley    

James Gilmour was used of God to share the gospel in China and Mongolia.  His had the blessing of ministering with Mr. and Mrs. Meech, but longed for a companion – a wife – to share in his life. Not having any prospects nearby, he asked God to clearly direct and provide a wife.  His coworkers opened their lives to him and often read letters from home to the bachelor.  After seeing a picture of Mrs. Meech’s sister, and hearing her letters read in his company, James, having never meet Emily, decided to write and ask for her hand in marriage.  She accepted and God gave them a number of years of joyful marriage and ministry together in Asia.

Mtesa was the King (or Emperor) of Uganda who was converted to Christ.  He sent a message back with H.M. Stanley (of Stanley and Livingstone fame) to send more missionaries.  God blessed that request by calling a number of missionaries to Africa.

The view from history

Sometimes in obeying God’s leading we feel like failures or as if we are wasting our time.  Nothing is happening!  God does not seem to be answering our prayers!  We’re enduring such opposition!  These entries remind us that sometimes we don’t see immediate answers to prayer in our spiritual efforts.   It is essential that we walk with God, obey His direction for each of our lives, and leave the results with Him.  History will better display the eternal effectiveness of our Christian labors than what we are able to observe in the here and now.

photos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EmilyPrankard.jpg; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gilmourjames.jpg

A Valentine to My Family

This post is just for fun…free-vintage-valentine-cards

To my Poe-quoting kids, “A Valentine” is a different glimpse into the usually dark mind of Poe.  I like that he incorporates a puzzle into the poem.  Reminds me of Graeme Base’s Animalia.

The  Wilcox poem, “Love’s Coming” presents a delightful comparison between expectations and reality.

In searching through poetry and sayings to share with you I was sometimes amused, sometimes confused, and occasionally saddened by some of the stuff that’s out there.  So I decided to write my own poem just for you!

Enjoy!!

‘This Valentine Poem from Edgar Allen Poe was originally titled “To Her Whose Name Is Written Below.” The poem was for Frances Sargent Osgood and her name is within the poem. To find the name, take the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line, and so on until the end.’

A Valentine

Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet’s, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
Source: A Valentine By Edgar Allan Poe, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-valentine#ixzz2tETnezWi
Family Friend Poems

Love’s Coming

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.
Source: Love’s Coming By Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/loves-coming-by-ella-wheeler-wilcox#ixzz2tEU0u7SQ
Family Friend Poems

“A Valentine to My Family”

By Deborah Talbert, otherwise known as mom

Valentine poems seem to say
In such a convoluted way
Sentiments for you to weigh
The measure of true love

He loves her like a fine spring day
And she his love will n’er betray
So let sweet words all fears allay
Expressions of true love

Ah! Now is seen his feet of clay
Her constancy has fled away
Is there any hope that they
Remember now true love?

A glimpse of joy, a sparkling ray
Reminds that love is not passé
Commitment, not just today
Forever is true love

So take this little poem, pray
When young and spry, when old and gray
Embrace the gift that you too may
Celebrate true love

picture credit: http://www.freeprettythingsforyou.com/2013/01/pretty-diy-vintage-valentine-wreath-free-vintage-valentine-cards/