Monday, June 1, 2009

Millvina Dean

Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, "When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live." But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. Exodus1:15-17
Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews’ children." Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, "Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Go." So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, "Because," she said, "I drew him out of the water." Exodus 2:1-10 On April 15, 1912 the super luxury liner "Titanic" struck an iceberg, Bertram Dean placed his wife Georgetta, 2 year old son Bert and 9 week old daughter Millvina on one of the few available lifeboats and watched them slowly faded in the dark of night. Bertram perished with 1,516 others in freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. His family survived and yesterday 97 year old Millvina Dean died quietly in a nursing home in Hampshire, England. At the bleakest times when all is lost, hope springs up. For Moses it was his mother, who hid him and the Pharaoh's daughter, for Millvina it was her father. We who look for the hope of eternal life, when things look bleak, are reminded Christ broke through the dark of night and brought with him a new dawn where one will never thirst, for we now have living waters.

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