A blog by Celia Jolley, a daily devotion with scripture of the day applied to a woman's life, with quotes, poetry, and stories about savoring the beauty of life, family, and how to worship the Lord. Occasional original short stories sneak in now and then, just for fun fiction.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run into it and are safe."
An Ancient Christian Tale of Beauty & Bravery
by Julie Sutter
I just finished reading this tale based on true people and events, such a lovely story that takes place in the seventh century. I've always heard that the only church until Protestantism was the Catholic Church after the years of the Early Church. This laid it to rest. There was a continuation of the Early Church alive in Ireland, a missionary church called the Culdean Church. An English evangelist, a dear friend, told us that the purest church they have ever seen is still in segments of Ireland.
The author weaves the story of Bilihead (she calls Adelina) whose family was part of the missionary spirit. Germany and Switzerland were Christianized from Ireland. Her family was part of "cenoby," from the Gaelic meaning "men of God." They were sent out with twelve men and their families with an abbot (marriage was allowed for the clergy) to form a community as a light to the world. They had settled in Thuringa, Germany, just north of Bavaria which was under the rule of *Gozbert, a Christian Herzog (Duke) as well as his son *Heden after him. Of course, the unconverted Heden fell in love with Adelina and married her, and she like Esther saved her people from destruction because of her faith. Ooh, it would make a wonderful movie!
One part especially struck me: surrounded by the darkness of paganism, they were always under threat of persecution and even destruction. There was a time when there was a warning of an attack coming from a burning and pillaging heathen force. The believers gathered in their "Oratory," a place for prayers and worship. It was built like a tower. They could hear the enemy surround their sanctuary, until all of a sudden, they rushed away. The Christians went out and found an empty field of swords and shields. The pagans had seen the light from their tower and heard their prayers and were spooked and fled in fear. The Christians were saved.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden...Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 5:14, 16
Here is one of their hymns...
"Salvation's given, Christ the only Son,
By His dear Cross and Blood the victory is won.
Offered was He for greatest and for least,
Himself the Victim and Himself the Priest.
He, Ransomer from death, and Light from shade,
Now gives His holy grace His saints to aid.
He, that in this world rules His saints and shields,
To all believers life eternal yields.
"With heavenly bread makes them that hunger whole,