TUESDAY THE NINETEENTH OF DECEMBER 2017
* Lillian Trasher *
Grant us, Lord, to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain; that, reaching the eventide victorious over all temptation, we may praise you, the eternal God, who are blessed, and does govern all things, world without end. Amen.
Lo! He comes, countless trumpets,
blow before his bloody sign.
Amid ten thousand saints and angels,
see the crucified shine.
Alleluia! Welcome, welcome bleeding lamb!
Now his merits by the harpists,
through the eternal deeps resound.
Resplendent shine his nail prints,
every eye shall see his wounds.
They who pierced him, shall at his appearing wail.
Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heaven and Earth shall flee away.
All who hate him must ashamed,
hear the trump proclaim the day.
Come to judgment! Stand before the Son of Man!
All who love him view his glory
shining in his bruised face.
His dear person on the rainbow,
now his people's heads shall raise.
Happy mourners! Now on clouds he comes. He comes.
Now Redemption long expected,
see, in solemn pomp appear.
All his people, once despised,
now shall meet him in the air.
Alleluia! Now the promised kingdom has come.
View him smiling, now determined,
every evil to destroy.
All the nations now shall sing him
songs of everlasting joy.
O come quickly! Alleluia! Come Lord, come!
( John Cennick )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Lillian Trasher: she took up the Bible to read and it sent her to Egypt
She was born in 1887 in Georgia and, whilst a young woman, she worked at an orphanage in North Carolina, not knowing at the time that her life’s work would be devoted to caring for abandoned children. She became engaged to a man she loved deeply, but felt a restlessness about the marriage, as if her conscience was being touched by God.
Much like Saint Augustine, in ancient days, had heard a voice calling him to “Take up and read,” Lillian opened her "Bible" to this verse: Acts 7:34 “I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.”
On the strength of that moment she abandoned her plans for marriage and made plans to go to Egypt.
In 1910, she arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, with her sister Jenny, and they found their way to the village of Asyut near the Nile. Shortly after arriving, Lillian was called to the bedside of a dying mother whose malnourished daughter was also near death. Though ordered by the mission directors to return the child to the village, Lillian refused to abandon her to poverty and certain death. In 1911 she rented a small house and some furniture and nursed the child back to health.
As she took in additional children, she had to rely on charity, though she eventually received aid from the newly formed Assemblies of God in the United States. In 1916 she was able to purchase additional land, the buildings for which were built from bricks which Lillian and the older children made themselves. In 1919 she was ordered out of the country by the British government in the midst of political turmoil, and when she returned, she took in widows and the blind in addition to children. Despite the Nazi invasion of Egypt and the subsequent violence during World War II, she kept her orphanage running. When she died in 1961, she had become known as the “Mother of the Nile” and had cared for nearly twenty-five thousand Egyptian children. Her orphanage remains open today.
Scripture: In the "Psalms Ten," verses eighteen and nineteen we find:
O LORD, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
... for peace in the world.
... for orphaned children and those who care for them.
... for missing children.
... for those who were killed or injured when a passenger train derailed in Washington State, USA, yesterday. DETAILS
... for prisoners.
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
From "The First Apology of Justin Martyr":
And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks ﬁt; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.
Loving God, we thank you for moving the heart of Lillian Trasher to heroic hospitality on behalf of orphaned children in great need and we pray that we also may find our hearts awakened and our compassion stirred to care for your little ones, through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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