My Mama absolutely loved Amy Carmichael, a dedicated missionary to India from 1896 to 1951. Mama treasured her many books, poems, and stories about her life. Mama’s favorite Amy Carmichael book, Rose From Brier, was written during a time of painful convalescence that lasted many years.
While on silent retreat in November @ the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, I found this book on the shelf in the library. Go figure! A book from one of the most famous Protestant missionaries, but not only that — Mama’s favorite – in a Jesuit Catholic library!!
These words seemed to jump off the page, so here they are for you on this Lenten Sunday:
Before the winds that blow do cease,
Teach me to dwell within Thy calm:
Before the pain has passed in peace,
Give me, my God, to sing a psalm.
Let me not lose the chance to prove
The fullness of enabling love.
Before I leave the desert land
For meadows of immortal flowers,
Lead me where streams at Thy command
Flow by the borders of the hours,
That when the thirsty come, I may
Show them the fountains in the way.
(Amy Carmichael, Rose from Brier)
grace, peace & immortal flowers
Virginia : )
Photo: Yellowstone Park, Wyoming