an excerpt from the story of Helen Ewan written by James Alexander Stewart
I received a package in the mail today from a dear sister in the Lord, Mona Leiter, whose husband, Charles Leiter, is a true preacher of the word as well as the author of the book 'Justification and Regeneration'. The package included this booklet about Helen Ewan. I hope this brief excerpt will be a blessing to you...
After her conversion at the age of fourteen, Helen's whole personality was radiant with the glory of the Lord. Many testified that just her passing smile, or her cheery, 'Good day. God bless you' was an uplifting tonic to them the rest of the day.
In her prayer life, Helen was such an example to us all. She arose each morning around five o'clock to commune with her Lord. She would not put on the heat in her little cold room or seek to make herself comfortable in any way, feeling she could be more alert in the cold. And besides, those for whom she would be praying in foreign lands were not sitting in comfort.
She would begin her communion with praise and worship. She then read the Word to warm her heart. She remembered the words of her fellow Scot, Robert Murray McCheyne, 'it is the look that saves, but it is the gaze that sanctifies'. Helen gazed with rapture into the face of her Lord. I could not mention to you the expressions of adoration which she wrote down in her diary after such times with her Lord. They are too sacred for publication.
After fellowship and communion, followed her ministry of intercession for her friends and family, for her assembly, for hundreds of missionaries on the foreign fields. Then came her prayer ministry for the unsaved. She had a list of unsaved persons to whom she had testified and for whom she had prayed daily until they were born again. Her yearnings after the salvation of the lost were awful to behold.
The reason God gave her so many souls among rich and poor, young and old, illiterate and intelligent, was that she agonized for them in earnest intercession inside the vail. There was nothing vague or general about her pleas. She gave the date when she began to pray for a person and then the date when the prayer was answered. These diaries revealed a prayer life that moved God and man. No wonder that when God promoted her to glory at the age of 22, many wept throughout Scotland, and missionaries in far off lands felt they had lost their greatest prayer warrior.
Helen's seeking after lost souls also put us all to shame. I have seen her on a cold Scottish winter's evening with her arms around a poor drunken prostitute, telling her of Jesus and His love. On other occasions she would be dealing with drunken men, seeking to lead them to her Savior.
Robert Murray McCheyne used to seal his letters with a sketch of the sun going down behind the mountains and with a motto over it, 'the night cometh'. It was this same feeling of urgency that drew Helen on. Like McCheyne and Samuel Rutherford, Helen carried the fragrance of Christ with her, and like William C. Burns, she manifested the power of the Spirit. I have known her to slip quietly into a prayer meeting which had already begun and sit on the back seat; yet, every one of us knew she had arrived because of the mighty sense of the presence of God manifested in our midst.
Helen, who was an ordinary young woman, became extraordinary simply because she surrendered all to Christ and appropriated for herself all that was hers in Him. She, with unveiled face, took time to receive, and thus reflected, the glory of the Lord as she passed from one degree of glory to another.
May you, dear reader, be so fully surrendered to your Lord that you will, like Helen Ewan, fully reflect the glory of the Lord. Let this be your prayer, with Francis Ridley Havergal:
In full and glad surrender
I give myself to Thee
Thine utterly and only
And evermore to be
O Son of God who love'st me
I will be Thine alone
And all I have and all I can
Shall henceforth be Thine own
Reign over me Lord Jesus!
O make my heart Thy throne
It shall be Thine dear Savior
It shall be Thine alone!
Oh, come and reign Lord Jesus
Rule over everything
And keep me always loyal
And true to Thee, my King!