God pursues us with his love
How have you known the power of God’s love in your life?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT
O Love that will 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 Love That Will Not Let Me Go,
GEORGE MATHESON (1842-1906)
George Matheson went completely blind when he was eighteen years old. Still, he remained a star student. He went on to become a great preacher in the Church of Scotland, assisted by his sister, who learned Greek and Hebrew to help with his research.
This hymn was written on the evening of June 6, 1882. “I was at that time alone,” Matheson later wrote. “It was the day of my sister’s marriage.…Something happened to me, which was known only to myself, and which caused me the most severe mental suffering. The hymn was the fruit of that suffering.”
What was it that happened to him? Some think he was remembering the time he himself was engaged to be married and his fiancee broke the engagement when she learned that he would soon be completely blind. Or perhaps it was difficult for him to have his devoted sister getting married. In any case, he was led to ponder God’s eternal love, which would turn his “flick’ring torch” into blazing daylight.
adapted from The One Year® Book of Hymns by Mark Norton and Robert Brown, Tyndale House Publishers (1995), entry for March 8
Love is not something you feel. It’s something you do.
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House
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