Drippings from the Honeycomb
More to be desired are [the rules of the Lord] than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)
On a recent trip to England my wife and I were travelling somewhere and stopped at Ashby De La Zouch, a small market town in the midlands, for a walk and a bite to eat. As we explored we went inside the local Church, St. Helen’s. Here, without looking for it, I realized I was standing over the marker of a famous evangelical Christian, Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791). How incredible!
Selina’s usefulness made her the subject of many works, both popular and academic. (Click here to see a book, here to watch a children’s story, and here to read a summary blog).
Here is a brief summary of her life:
Selina was born into a well to do family and married into an even greater one, moving in such circles as the King! Thus she had both great wealth and influence. Always a moral woman, she learned her works could not save her and she was converted in 1739 and was “all aflame for Jesus.” Though an Anglican she became associated with Methodism, knowing the Wesleys and George Whitefield. Later, through her own study, she followed Whitefield and support Calvinistic Methodism. She became an influential leader in the Evangelical Revival, particularly by the desire that all she knew, including the nobility, would become Christians. Because evangelical clergy were frowned upon she used her peerage to appoint evangelical clergy as her “chaplains.” She also built some 60 chapels were evangelicals could preach (later known as The Countess of Huntingdon Connexion) and funded other works. She also funded Travecca College (1767), a place for training evangelicals. A woman of great piety (and wealth), she lived simply so that Jesus might be known. She was buried with her husband and three people in attendance. Though she is largely unknown today, she is well known to the Lord (2 Cor 6:9).
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