God is Light

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense. And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:33

Recommended reading: Romans 9

Mary Fulkner was born in London and her family immigrated to America when she was young. After marrying John Thompson, they joined the Church of the Annunciation (Episcopalian) in Philadelphia. Mary and her husband, John, served the church for many years. Mary enjoyed writing poetry and penned more than forty hymns. She began writing the rousing missionary hymn “O Zion, Haste” in 1868. At the time she was a worried mother sitting at the bedside of her dangerously ill son, who had typhoid fever. She completed the hymn three years later when she wrote the refrain.

My prayer for the week is one of the original verses she wrote for the hymn which is left out of most hymnals: Dear Lord, “Tis thine to save from peril of perdition the souls for whom the Lord His life laid down; Beware lest, slothful to fulfill thy mission, Thou lose one jewel that should deck His crown. Amen