The crowd looked on, curious about what the martyr would do next. Thomas Hudson had come this far without denying his faith. The bishop had questioned him again and again, he’d no weakened in prison, and now he was walking to the place of execution. At the last minute, would he recant?
Just before the chain around him was made fast, Hudson stooped, slipped out from under the chain, and stood a little to one side. A hush came over the crowd – everyone wondered why he hesitated. The Christians prayed.
Only Hudson knew the real reason he had stepped down. At the last minute he had suddenly been attacked with doubts and felt his faith growing weak. Not willing to die while feeling this way, he fell upon his knees and prayed to God, who sent him comfort.
Then he rose with great joy, as a reborn man, and cried, “Now, thank God, I am strong. I don’t care what man can do to me!”
Going to the stake again, he put the chain around himself.
The fire was lit.
Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armour that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armour that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.
Paul the Apostle
Martyred in Rome, 65 AD
(Ephesians 6:10-13, CEV)