Great Hymns ~~~~

are given to us by way, many times, of the hymn writer being in an experience that no one should ever have to go through.

A man by the name of George Matheson was a student at the University of Scotland.  He had a terrible eye disease and it was a special professor that had been given the grave privilege to tell him that in three days, his sight would be gone.  If he had any one or any thing that he wanted to see for one last time do it now.

He wrote his fiancée and asked her, “Would you come to my side?  I want to look into your face before I go blind.”  She wrote back, “If you are going blind, I don’t want to be married to you”.  The engagement was then broken.

Absolutely crushed, he continued on and was graduated from the University at age 19. Out of his deep, crushing pain, he wrote one of the most beautiful hymns ever written, or that we have ever sung:  O LOVE THAT WILT NOT LET ME GO

“O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;  I give Thee back the life I owe, that in Thine ocean depths its flow may richer,  fuller be.

“O Light that hollowest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee; My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in Thy sunshine’s glow its day may brighter, fairer be.

 “O Joy that seeks me through pain, I cannot lose my heart to Thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be.”

George Matheson (1842 – 1906)

Dr. Adrian Rogers writes that those words were given to George in the grand total of five minutes and he never had to edit them.  He goes on to write “How we choose to handle them (painful losses) is key to what happens next.”

Sometimes the way to handle things is not always as others would, or as we should. It takes a lot of guts at times – some times right ways – some times wrong ways – – but always – – – – – – we get back on track and become better people not because of, but in spite of, what has happened to us.

When we see others with footprints beginning the journey where we have been may we bow the knee and reach to the One who saw us through each step of that arduous journey.  THAT IS THE ONE who can safely see us through whatever pain or sorrow that comes our way.

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jere. 31:3)

In His Everlasting Care.  Marge

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