"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10
Monday, September 27, 2010
The poem below describes the events that happened during and after
the historic revival which began January 1, 1901 in Topeka, Kansas.
27 sep 10 @ 5:26 pm pdt
This Hitchcock mechanical lamp, one of a pair, was used to light the podium
for the Charles F. Parham revival meetings at Bryan Hall in Houston, TX, summer 1905.
If I Could Speak ...
27 sep 10 @ 5:20 pm pdt
By Roberta N. Tuthill
If I could
speak I’d tell you how my old twin-lamp and I
Gave light to share God’s glory, tell of fire from
Heav’n on High.
For six weeks Parham held vigil, summer days nineteen-o-five
At Bryan Hall in Houston. How that place did come alive!
If I could speak, I’d
tell you how the Holy Ghost came down,
Revealed Christ’s power and glory to the people gathered ‘round,
So believing sons and daughters, born in that generation,
Could live out Jesus’ challenge, show God’s
pow’r in ev’ry nation!
If I could speak, I’d tell you of miracles that
Of all kinds and descriptions, with the witnesses inspired
When cripples, bound to wheel-chairs, were enabled
then to walk,
And some who’d been unable, were enabled then to talk.
If I could speak, I’d tell you how the news
spread out from there
By voice, in print, on horseback; great revival in the air!
To west, to east and southward spread the good news
from the north,
The Holy Spirit witnessed as God’s Word was spoken forth.
If I could speak, I’d tell you (just a humble
lamp am I),
That in this generation all must on God’s grace rely.
I’d tell you true, that He is grieved by all
His body so divided between all denominations.
If I could speak, I’d tell you that the Cross must
be the theme,
Christ’s blood the test of fellowship, with nothing else between.*
Let pride and all self-righteousness
that raise their ugly head
Be recognized for what they are, and shunned with utmost dread.
If I could speak, I’d tell you, in the holy
sight of God,
There is no room for greediness, His love is shed abroad.
Let others always be esteemed more worthy than oneself,
Lest God deem you unworthy, and set you on a shelf.
If I could speak, I’d say: “Beware, if thought, or word, or deed
May have a long-range consequence
you’d do well to take heed.”
Let holy love, true charity that’s born of God’s true grace,
Be shed abroad abundantly among this human race.
If I could quote the crucial words that Jesus spoke in prayer,
After Judas left the room, and eleven lingered there,
The most important words He prayed: “That they all may be one,”
So unsaved ones may see, and then believe God sent
Let us resolve to focus on answering Jesus’ prayer.
Roberta N. Tuthill (1923- )
*This is That, Aimee McPherson’s autobiography, pg 736
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