Amy Carmichael devoted her life to missions in India & along the way stood up for injustices she encountered by Doing Something About them – namely, starting orphanages for girls & boys who were rescued from forced prostitution. (click here to read more about her life..) She also wrote many books & songs … & she is one of my dear Mama’s absolutely FAVORITE writers & role models. So, today here’s a bit of poetry from this great woman of courageous faith…
“From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climber higher.
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.
From subtle love of softening things
From easy choices, weakenings
Not thus are spirits fortified
Not this way went Thy Crucified
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O Lamb of God, deliver me!
Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointment tires,
The passion that will burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod.
Make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God.”
AMY CARMICHAEL (1867-1951)
(From ‘Prayer That Asks’)
grace, peace & inspirational fuel
Virginia : )
p.s. one of my Mama’s favorite Amy Carmichael books (& mine) is her “Rose from Brier” where she documents the challenges of illness & pain in the context of her experiences & faith (she was bedridden for more than 20 years of her ministry.)