A Childrens` Covenant

A Covenant Transaction with the Lord, by a society of Young Children, who met together in a meeting in Pentland Town, in the time of Persecution, when  there was no faithful minister in Scotland, anno 1683, ere that great burning and shining light, Mr. James Renwick, came an ordained minister from Holland.

'This is a covenant made between the Lord and us, with our whole hearts, and to give up ourselves freely to him, without reserve, body and soul, to be his children, and him to be our God and Father; if it please the holy Lord to send the Gospel to the land again. That we stand to this covenant which we have written between the Lord and us, as we shall answer at the great day, that we shall never break this covenant, which we have made between the Lord and us. That we shall stand to this covenant which we have made; and if not, it shall be a witness .against us in the great day, when we shall stand between the lord and his holy angels. O Lord give us real grace in our hearts to mind Z:ion's breaches, that is in such a low case this day; and make us to mourn with her; for thou hast said, " them that mourn with her in the time of her trouble, shall rejoice when she rejoiceth ; when the Lord will come and bring back the captivity of Zion." When He shall deliver her out of her enemies' hands. When her King shall come and raise her from the dust, in spite of all her enemies that will oppose her, either devils  or men. That thus they have banished her king Christ out of the land, yet He will arise and avenge his children's blood, at her enemies' hands, which cruel murderers have shed.'

Upon the back of this covenant was written as follows:-

'Them that will not stand to every article of this covenant which we have made betwixt the Lord and us, that they shall not go to the kirk to hear any of these soul-murdering curates, we will neither speak nor converse with them. Any that breaks this covenant they shall never come into our society. We shall declare before the Lord, that we have bound ourselves in covenant, to be covenanted to him all the days of our life, to be his children and Him our covenanted Father.

We subscribe with our hands these presents.

Beterick Uumperston,        Agnes Aitkin,

Janet Brown,                      Margaret Galloway,

Helen Moutray,                  Helen Straiton

Marion Swan                      Helen Clark

Janet Swan,                       Margaret Brown,

Isobel Craig,                      Janet Brown,

Martha Logan,                    Marion M'Moren.

Christian Laurie.

Psal, viii. 2 .-" Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained wisdom,"'


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