From All that Dims


Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951

The woman who would be known as “the mother to the motherless” came from privileged Irish roots.  But it was her experience in South India when Amy Carmichael encountered a seven year old girl about to be given in temple prostitution to a particular sect of Hinduism. These girls known as devadasi were “dedicated” to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life, but it was an unspeakable cruelty that Carmichael could not endure.

In 1932, a fall severely injured Carmichael, and she remained bedridden for much of her final two decades. However, it did not stop her from continuing her inspirational writing, for she published 16 additional books.

The prayer known as Flame of God caught my attention many years ago when a friend of mine put a simple melody to it.  I have always referred to it by a refrain in it:


From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on me
From fearing when I should aspire
From faltering when I should climb higher

From subtle love of softening things
From easy choices – weakenings
Not thus are spirits fortified
Not this way went the Crucified
From all that dims thy Calvary
Oh Lamb of God, deliver me!

Give the love that leads Thy way,
The faith nothing can dismay
The hope no disappointments tire
The passion that burns like fire
Let me no sink to be a clod
Make me thy fuel – Flame of God.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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