Review: Her Lamp of Faith by Martha Snell Nicholson

Her lamp of faith by Martha Snell Nicholson is a compilation from Moody Press published in 1968. The 88 pages of poems come from the books, In Heaven's Gardens, Ivory Places, Heart Held High, Family of God, The Glory Forever, Thresholds of Heaven, and Wings and Sky. They are organized around eleven topics: Consolation and Faith, Suffering and Sadness, Home and Loved Ones, Witness and Work, Anticipation and Trust, Treasures, Communion, and Calvary, Glory, His Presence, His Sure Return. 


Pain knocked upon my door and said
That she had come to stay;
And though I would not welcome her
But bade her go away,

She entered in. Like my own shade
She followed after me,
And from her stabbing, stinging sword
No moment was I free.

And then one day another knocked
Most gently at my door.
I cried, “No, Pain is living here,
There is no room for more”.

And then I heard His tender voice,
” ‘Tis I, be not afraid”.
And from the day He entered in —
The difference it made!

For though He did not bid her leave,
(My strange, unwelcome guest,)
He taught me how to live with her.
Oh, I had never guessed

That we could dwell so sweetly here,
My Lord and Pain and I,
Within this fragile house of clay
While years slip slowly by!


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