Clara Ann Thompson (1869–1949)

Clara Ann Thompson (1869–1949) was born in Rossmoyne Ohio. She was the daughter of parents, both born in Virginia, who escaped slavery. Thompson was a poet and lecturer who drew her strength from her Christian faith. She was member of the Baptist church, the NAACP, and the YWCA, and devoted most of her time to her literary work, giving public readings of what came to be known by some as “race-related poetry.” She gave voice to the freedom struggle and its intersection with every day faith. I encourage you to learn more about her life here.

Here is a beautiful prayer she wrote in 1908 called, “Storm-Beaten.”

Weary, worn, and sorrow-laden
Jesus, I have come to Thee;
Shield me from the darts of Satan;
Set my fettered spirit free.

Hearken to my plea for guidance,
As I kneel before Thy throne;
Cheer me with Thy Holy Presence,
When I feel I’m all alone.

Struggling with the cares that press me,
Falling, when I fain would stand,
Thou alone, canst guide and keep me,
Take, oh take my trembling hand!

Pity Thou my many failings!
Strengthen Thou my falt’ring trust;
Keep me, ‘mid the wind’s loud wailing
Thou, the Pitiful and Just!

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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2 Responses to Clara Ann Thompson (1869–1949)

  1. Thanks, Fred. These are powerful words from a historical lady!

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  2. Gailyn Van Rheenen says:

    Thanks, Fred, for these powerful words from a mighty woman of faith.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Gailyn Van Rheenen http://www.missiology.com; http://www.missionalive.org (972) 754-9663

    On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 9:34 AM Inside This Guys Head wrote:

    > Fred posted: ” Clara Ann Thompson (1869–1949) was born in Rossmoyne Ohio. > She was the daughter of parents, both born in Virginia, who escaped > slavery. Thompson was a poet and lecturer who drew her strength from her > Christian faith. She was member of the Baptist church,” >

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