THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

gospelmagazine.org.uk

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

576 The Gospel Magazine.

a brief account given by Mr. Hemington himself, when preaching at

Gower Street Chapel in 1872. The greater part of his ministerial life

was spent at Devizes, and his departure to the Lord has left among

his attached flock a void which is mourned with deepest sorrow. The

following extract is taken from Mr. Popham's biographical sketch.

It records the touching incidents of the tragical end of God's beloved

servant :-" On Friday evening, April 8th, 1904, Mr. Hemington

attended the prayer-meeting at his own chapel. He read Psalm xxix.,

making special comment on verses 5 and 11, and said very impressively,

'When walking to chapel this evening, I said, 'Lord, I want rest,

and I want Thy eternal rest." He added, 'These words have been

much upon my mind, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.'

His concluding prayer was much noticed and felt by some who were

present. One of his old and much-attached members remarked to

some on leaving the chapel, 'I wish he had not prayed that prayer.'

On Sunday, April 10th, he preached at Gower Street, London. His

text in the morning was 1 Cor. ii. 9, ' But as it is written, eye hath not

seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the

things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.' In the

afternoon of the following day, as he was on his way to visit his old

friend and brother in the ministry, Mr. Adams, he was knocked down

by a railway van, and died from the shock, the result of the accident,

on April.30th. Thus, three weeks after this dear man and servant of

God had felt Rev. xiv. 13, and had preached from 1 Cor. ii. 9, he realised

both these blessed portions of God's Word. During the three weeks

of his illness he suffered much at times, but his mind was kept stayed

on the Lord, and he uttered many gracious words. Almost his first

words on recovering consciousness after he was knocked down were,

, If I had been killed on the spot, I should have gone straight to heaven !'

Often he said, 'I have never had one murmuring thought.' To Mr.

Hazelton he said, 'I think it is God knocking at the door, telling me

my work is nearly done.' . .. For several days before the end he was

scarcely conscious, but amongst his last utterances were his partil}g

words to his friend, Mr. Moss, of Croydon; 'Oh, Mr. Moss, what a

.mercy it will be to be in heaven! '" His translation to glo~ was one

of unclouded light and peace.

." /'

,

You that acknowledge God's uprightness, and profess to be His

children, convince the world of the truth of your principles by your

practice. Show yourselves to be His offspring by your likeness to

Him: Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly. To" be blameless and

harmless, and without rebuke" (Phi!. ii. 15) is your best argument

to refute the world's calumnies; and to prove yourselves to be the

sons of God. Show it also by your justifying God, even while" He

wraps Himself in a cloud" (Job xxii. 13, 14), "and His footsteps are

not known" (Ps. lxxvii. 19): He th~.~ owns not God's hand in every

dispensement, disowns His -sovereigntj,; 'and he that repines, denies

His righteousness: acquit yourself in"both.-Elisha Coles.

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines