November 7, 2010
Today I am Thankful…
We only know true joy when we have experienced true sorrow.
It is from the depths of emotion that come words of beauty and devotion like this:
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go*
by George Matheson
1. 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.
2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
*Click on the hymn title to read the story behind this beautiful hymn.
It is also emotion that moves our soul when we hear these words sung to a lovely melody.
I will honestly say that I do not enjoy every emotion; but I am thankful for the experience of every emotion. I must remember that my emotions are from God, they have a purpose, and are useful for His work in our lives.