Ebenezer

Witty, warm, full of wisdom, F.W. Boreham’s book are collector’s items. In the Other Side of the Hill, Boreham who pastored in New Zealand and Australia, tells of growing up in England.

In the dear old home at Tunbridge Wells, there hangs a text. It is only a scrap of paper, cut from the corner of a penny almanac; and yet, if something had to go, I fancy the finest pictures in the house would be sacrificed to save it. It reads

Hitherto Hath The Lord Helped Us

It has been there for more than thirty years; but I rememeber, as though yesterday, the day it appeared. We boys had a dim conciousness that things were going hardly with father and mother. He looked ancious and worried; her eyes were often red and swollen. Then one day the newly framed text made its apprearance on the wall. It was as if the weather had cleared up; the fog had lifted; father and mother were happier. We mustered courage to ask some explanation.

Mother said: “You know your father and I had a great trouble, and we feared a much heavier one. On Tuesday of last week, I had to drop my work, pick up the baby, and walk up and down the kitchen feeling I could endureit no longer. In pacing up and down, I paused in front of the sheet almanac on the wall. The only thing I saw was the text in the corner. It was as if someone had spoken the words: “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” I was so overcome I sat down and had to cry; and then I began again with a fresh heart and trust. When father came home, I told him about it, and he cut out the text with his penknife and hung it where you now see it.”

As long as he lived, F.W. Boreham never forgot the power of that lesson.

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” ~ 1 Samuel :7:12