Lambert, Rachel (1816-1836)
MEMOIR OF RACHEL LAMBERT,
Rachel Lambert was born July 4, 1816, at Silkstone in Yorkshire. From childhood she had a weakly constitution, but possessed an amiable disposition, and was well respected by all who knew her. At a very early period, the Spirit of God strove with her. She became a scholar of the P. M. Sunday school at Silkstone; and about the age of fourteen, through the pious exhortations of the superintendents of the school, she was awakened to her lost state, and deeply repented of having grieved the Holy Spirit. These superintendents manifested much concern for the salvation of the children’s souls, and frequently read to them pieces out of the Magazines; and this has been made a great blessing to both teachers and children; some of whom, I trust, are got safe to heaven, and others are on their way.
About the age of fifteen, having experienced the saving grace of God, she joined the Sunday morning class, and continued a steady member to the day of her death.
Soon after her conversion, she became a teacher in the Sunday school, and was constant in her attendance, unless prevented by sickness.
At the house of God I have seen her weep tears of joy. And in the midst of difficulties, which were sometimes great, she would rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
She did not always exercise in the public means of grace as some do; yet in her closet, and at the family altar, she was always ready to praise God.
Towards her parents and her Christian friends, she at all times behaved as a child and a Christian! and although her trials were at times very great, she often sung,
“Jesu, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high,” &c.
In her dress she was neat and plain; and endeavoured to adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour in all things.
June 1, 1834, she was united in marriage to John Lambert, a young man in our society; and he found her a helpmate indeed, for they lived in the fear of God all the day long. And as her love to the cause of God was great, she was ever ready to lend it a helping hand.
Her last affliction was of a very painful nature; it baffled the skill of the physician, and defied the power of medicine. The operation she went through was very severe indeed, for about on hour and a half; yet she proved the grace of God to be sufficient, and was enabled to say, “Though thou slay me, yet will I trust in thee.” After this she slumbered a few minutes, and when she awoke she said, “I can give up all the world.” This was about two days before she died.
On one occasion her husband asked her if she had any desire to get better; she answered, “No, I am resigned to the will of God.”
I often visited her, and felt much of the power and presence of the Lord, while praying with her and commending her soul to God.
During her affliction she was wonderfully supported, and was enabled to lean on her Saviour; and she thought her sufferings light when compared with his; and would say, “Praise him for ever. I will praise him better when I get home to heaven.”
May 6, 1836, in the twenty-sixth year of her age, she fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, having kept her confidence firm to the end; and having obtained a complete triumph over the last enemy, death.
Brother J. Clayton preached on the occasion of her death, to a weeping congregation, in Silkstone chapel, from, “Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with them.”
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Pages 13-14.