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The eleventh day of May should mark the remembrance of the saintly Margarets of Scotland. I am speaking of Queen Margaret, Margaret McLachlan, Margaret Wilson; all pious women who loved their Lord and Savior. The first Margaret was a Saxon princess who fled to Scotland from the harrowing of Saxon England by William the Conqueror. When she arrived in Scotland, she soon fell in love with Malcolm III of Scotland. They had eight children, all of whom were either kings of Scotland or were married into royal families in England and Europe. Margaret was very pious and cared for the poor. She did invite Benedictine monks to Scotland, which moved the Celtic Scottish Church into Western Christendom. She died on this day in 1093.

Margaret McLachlan and Margaret Wilson were two devout Covenanters who were martyred on this day in 1685. Opposites in age, (McLachlan was an elderly widow and Margaret Wilson was no more than 18) they refused to swear the Abjuration Oath and renounce their beliefs. They were tied to stakes in the Solway River with McLachlan tied further into the river than Wilson. As the tide came in, Margaret Wilson sang Psalm 25:

1 To thee I lift my soul:

2     O Lord, I trust in thee:

My God, let me not be ashamed,

nor foes triumph o’er me.

3     Let none that wait on thee

be put to shame at all;

But those that without cause transgress,

let shame upon them fall.

4     Show me thy ways, O Lord;

thy paths, O teach thou me:

5  And do thou lead me in thy truth,

therein my teacher be:

For thou art God that dost

to me salvation send,

And I upon thee all the day

expecting do attend.

6     Thy tender mercies, Lord,

I pray thee to remember,

And loving-kindnesses; for they

have been of old for ever.

7     My sins and faults of youth

do thou, O Lord, forget:

After thy mercy think on me,

and for thy goodness great.

8     God good and upright is:

the way he’ll sinners show.

9  The meek in judgment he will guide,

and make his path to know.

10     The whole paths of the Lord

are truth and mercy sure,

To those that do his cov’nant keep,

and testimonies pure.

11     Now, for thine own name’s sake,

O Lord, I thee entreat

To pardon mine iniquity;

for it is very great.

12     What man is he that fears

the Lord, and doth him serve?

Him shall he teach the way that he

shall choose, and still observe.

13     His soul shall dwell at ease;

and his posterity

Shall flourish still, and of the earth

inheritors shall be.

14     With those that fear him is

the secret of the Lord;

The knowledge of his covenant

he will to them afford.

15     Mine eyes upon the Lord

continually are set:

For he it is that shall bring forth

my feet out of the net.

16     Turn unto me thy face,

and to me mercy show;

Because that I am desolate,

and am brought very low.

17     My heart’s griefs are increased:

me from distress relieve.

18  See mine affliction and my pain,

and all my sins forgive.

19     Consider thou my foes,

because they many are;

And it a cruel hatred is

which they against me bear.

20     O do thou keep my soul,

do thou deliver me:

And let me never be ashamed,

because I trust in thee.

21     Let uprightness and truth

keep me, who thee attend.

22  Redemption, Lord, to Israel

from all his troubles send.

And the words of Romans 8:35-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

She was asked if she would still take the oath and pray for the king but she only replied, “God save him, if He will, for it is his salvation I desire.”  She died in the arms of her Savior jesus Christ as the waters of the Solway crept over her and sent her to be with her Lord in heaven. Such joy and peace in the face of such trials and tribulations, even death, is hard to comprehend but for the love that the followers of Jesus have for Him and the love he gives them. Oh may we all be like Margaret Wilson, who at the age of eighteen, gave away all that this world offered for the love and comfort of Heaven and our Savior Jesus.

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