There is something about this traditional hymn that seems timeless and the lilting tune has a ‘celtic’ vibe that always lifts my spirits. Its a message of hope and forgiveness which are qualities of the Gospel that I need to be constantly reminded of to stay positive.
I find the story of the man who wrote these lyrics an inspiration, John Newton’s chosen lifestyle was so far away from the acceptable Christian ethos yet even he is not excluded from the acceptance and forgiveness of Jesus Christ at that point of realisation and repentance. Gives hope to us all !!
It is Well with My Soul
I fell in love with this song when I heard the story of the writer, the losses he endures, the grief of tragedy yet still he trusts the Lord and finds peace and the strength to carry on.
The Lord’s My Shepherd
Direct scripture to music, such simplicity which suits my taste of uncomplicated language in Christian music.
All to Jesus I Surrender
I aspire to this lyric at times of difficulty in my life. When I cannot understand why things happen or have no control over events, then all I can do is lean on Jesus and trust our heavenly Father with the purposes He has for my life.
And It Can Be
There is another hymn the first two lines of which sums up the meaning of this traditional lyric for me which is;
“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene.
And wonder how He could love me,a sinner condemned, unclean.”
A rousing, confident tune then the words “my chains fell off my heart was free” – rarely can I finish this one without that dreaded lump in the throat that forbids you to sing further as I consider the completely AMAZING truth that Jesus knows me and has still chosen me as His own.
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