1 Week by week we saw A daughter's duty and love Enveloped "home" - until Love and duty came to be needed In daily care. She had always cared As a sister: the long Journeys bore a sister's care To where the need lay In a sister and her children. Two trees together may form An arch - supporting each other, Shading others. One dies - the other Still shades; but still leans. So She was as wife; and as widow. I cannot remember the first Smile, but will never forget Her last one to me. Between How many to us to make her Mother of all mothers. All the relationships of nature God gave; and gave grace To relish and work out With cheerful patience till the day God chose to rend them. 2 But that grace depended On the grace that had reached her: So she received Jesus, He Who was rejected. Born of God She was, through the Father's love, One of the children of God. Through grace and the Spirit's power That too was fulfilled and enjoyed, Step by step with the Saviour, Irradiated with divine love Till, through grace her influence, Made her "a mother in Israel". Yet when the vessel was shattered At the fountain these relationships Broke also, their burden and gladness Not to be resumed. But the preciousness Within, gathered in these relations, God now has in His custody. 3 But grace has brought a new song to her lips Which shall be heard throughout eternity For love in purpose gave relationships To be enjoyed in perpetuity. The Son of God has died and lives for her; His Spirit in her heart shed love abroad; The Father called: the Trinity concur In placing her among the sons of God! Christ gave Himself for her and she will shine As a constituent of His glorious bride, Whose glory and formation are divine, Who is forever at her bridegroom's side. Oh mercy, loving-kindness, grace and love Which gave such blessings - and a home above. 8-16 July 2013
We experienced the Lord's help and support today in the meeting for ministry
on the occasion of my mother's burial and at the grave side. Thanks for prayers.