We have already spoken privately but I should also like to pay a more public tribute to your mother. Muriel was my Sunday school teacher at the London City Mission on the corner of Bradford Road. The classroom was downstairs under the main hall. On the wall was a framed picture of the Lord Jesus with his arms outstretched welcoming all the children of the world to himself. This and the song we sang; 'Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight', was an early lesson in racial tolerance and equality, and that the message of salvation was for ALL regardless of race.
I remember that we children were awarded stars for attendance. These were stuck to a board as a visual reminder of how we were doing. And that mattered when it came to the annual prize giving and we received our awards How proud our parents were for us!.
Muriel and other helpers like her brother Leslie Tripp, introduced us to the Bible stories and had us singing children's songs that I can still remember; 'Wide, wide as the ocean; High as the heavens above; Deep, deep as the deepest sea; Is my Saviours love'. Another was: 'Jesus bids us shine with a clear pure heart; Like a little candle glowing in the dark; In this world of darkness Jesus bids us shine; You in your small corner and I in mine'. Later it was Mr Harman who taught us, perhaps that was after Muriel married Leslie Brannan. Mr Bulpitt was the minister of the Wells Park Road mission at the time, and his daughter Maureen was one of Muriel's bridesmaids.
I started attending the Sunday school sometime in the 1940's, not long after the end of the second world war when this country was proud to call itself Christian. With our Lord's help we had not fallen under Nazis domination. And under Muriel's tuition and guidance the Lord began His work in my life. It was at Sunday school that I came to know and love the Lord Jesus, and asked Him into my life. Despite this early commitment, I continued to say 'NO' to baptism, and was only last autumn that I realised that my response had to be, ''see here is water, what is to prevent me being baptised?'' [Acts 8:36]. I was able to tell Muriel all about this a short while ago, and hope that it was some comfort to her, to hear that the seed she sowed so long ago in a young child's life, was still bearing fruit.
I owe Muriel a huge debt of gratitude, which will be paid in full as Jesus welcomes her with the words, ''Well done, thou good and faithful servant''. I send my condolences to all the Brannan family, David.
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