Each week come checkout this page and we will look at a different hymn. The selections will come from the Lutheran Service Book by Concordia Publishing House. The freshest post will be at the top and the oldest at the bottom. I am planning to use hymns that are current with the church season or one our pastor uses on Sunday. I hope you enjoy!
This week has been a little crazy. It has not been a crazy where I can identify three specific reasons for the crazy. I can’t give specific reasons’ because the list would be to long and seem to ‘normal’. It probably looked similar to your week. Sometimes weeks don’t need to be traumatizing for me to be ready for the week to be done. I have just been in a funk. Things just have not been falling into the places I thought they should fall.
This blog post is one of those things that was not falling into place. I have tried to write about a hymn about 7 different times over the week. It was originally going to be on ‘Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain’ (Maybe next week). That was before Billy Graham passed away this week.
I’m too young to have been directly affected by his crusades but I have heard stories this week about the man and the crusades. Kathy Lee gave a tribute to his legacy. Christ met her in a movie theater during a Billy Graham movie. Just this morning I learned that l ‘Just as I am, without one plea’ would be playing in the background during the final alter call.
This week ‘Just as I am’ was a hymn I could hear played in my head over and over again. It is a hymn that is applicable the first time Christ brings us to him AND each day after. It is a prayer that can be sung weekly, daily, even hourly.
Just as I am
Just as I am without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that thou biddst me come to Thee O Lamb of God I come, I come
Just as I am and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot.
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God I come, I come
Just as I am though tossed about With many a conflict many a doubt
Fighting’s and fears within without O Lamb of God I come I come
Just as I am poor wretched blind Sight riches healing of the mind,
Yea all I need, in Thee to find, O Lamb of God I come, I come.
Just as I am with all my conflicts and doubts
Just as I am with my sinful blotted soul
Just as I am blind to His goodness
Just as I am overwhelmed by the day to day
Just as I am crabby because my plans did not pan out
Just as I am tired and haggard
Just as I am clinging to my cup of coffee
Just as I am listening to my kids yell at each other in the basement again and at a loss for how to intervene.
Just as I am Jesus comes to me. I do not need to clean up my act he meets us where we are and does the cleaning for us.
Rest in that assurance. ‘Just as I am without one plea’ Jesus’s blood was shed for you.
If I start this blog entry with words of adoration of a particular hymn these posts introductions are going to get redundant. I love hymns because it’s the gospel put into poetry. Poetry that easily sticks in my brain. God’s love described poetically entering my and my kids ears no matter my or their disposition toward sitting in the pew. The narrative of God pursuing people throughout history put into poetry.
When things are set to music you can’t help but remember it. It is as if you do not have to make a conscious effort to log away the words or ideas your brain naturally does all the work.
The simplicity of this hymn resounds with the message of ‘Jesus Loves Me’.
Oh my heart imprint Your Image, Blessed Jesus, King of Grace
That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures Never may your work erase
Let the clear inscription be Jesus crucified for me
Is my life, my hope’s foundation, And my glory and salvation!
-Lutheran Service Book #422
What an awesome message to flow through the ears of my kids. The message that Jesus and his work on the cross is forever imprinted on their hearts.