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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: A Love That Will Not Let Go
By Lynn Mosher


A Love That Will Not Let Go

On the evening of his sister’s wedding, he sat alone in the parsonage, left to fend for himself, while the rest of his family spent the night in another town. While alone, he had a deep wrenching in his soul, a severe mental anguish, which he never confided the source to anyone.

George Matheson was a Scottish preacher, author, and hymn writer, who lived from 1842 to 1906. Born with poor eyesight, Dr. Matheson’s vision gradually declined over the years until, at the age of 20, he lost his sight totally.

His sister had always taken care of him and now that she was married, he would be without her. This may have been part of the reason for his anguish. The other part may have been that, as his thoughts lingered on his sister’s wedding, he remembered the pain of having a sweetheart who, after hearing the doctor’s report that George would become totally blind, could not handle taking care of a blind man the rest of her life, so, she left him.

As he sat there that dark evening in anguish, a song welled up within him from that still, small voice of the Lord, which he quickly jotted down in five minutes time, composing these beautiful words:

O Love that wilt 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.

Though human love has the potential to disappoint and depart from us, God’s love will never let us go. He says, “I have loved you, O My people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to Me.” (Jer. 31:3 TLB)

On occasion, we tend to forget that God really does love us, that He is always present in our situations, and that He has a purpose for everything, for He “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” (Eph. 1:11b NIV)

When we struggle with physical conditions and wonder why we are not healed, when we wrestle with circumstances beyond our control, when we suffer some heart-breaking pain, we would do well to remember the words of this blind preacher’s prayer:

I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses,
but never once for my ‘thorn’…
Teach me the glory of my cross;
teach me the value of my thorn.
Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain.
Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.

How many of us have this attitude in our darkest hours of affliction? How many times have we endured a trial or difficult period, all the while whining and complaining? How often do we thank God for those things He allows to remain in our lives, as Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

Have you thanked Him for all your disappointments, the slammed doors, the hurts, the answers to prayer He withheld from you, and asked that He would reveal His greater purpose and plan for you?

Just as Paul’s thorn, these prickly briers of life serve God’s purpose, when we rely on Him to show us that intended purpose. As we trust Him, every weight of a cross will bring glory to God, every thorn will disclose its value, every tear will convert to a rainbow, every Jordan barrier will become an open portal, every pit will have its golden nuggets, and every hill of difficulty will become a mount of deliverance.

Then, we can sing those beautiful words:

O Love that wilt 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.

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Lindy Dowdle05/03/07
Wonderful! Very inspirational.
Gayle Johnson05/03/07
This was so perfect for my life today. I think this was written just for me. Thank you for writing this message just for me.

Your sister in Christ.
Jan Ackerson 05/04/07
I absolutely love that hymn, and it's so rarely sung any more. I wasn't aware of the circumstances around its author--thanks for this very inspirational piece.
Jacquelyn Horne05/09/07
Very touching story. I loved the chorus to the song. So deep.
Deborah Porter 05/11/07
Hi Lynn.

I've just sent an email to your Yahoo address. Could you please check your bulk mail box if you don't receive it? I have a feeling that all our emails to you are ending up there (common with Yahoo and Hotmail accounts). Your account on the message boards was activated on the day you registered. The notification is probably in your bulk mail box.

Send me a private message if you don't get my email.

Look forward to seeing you over on the boards.

Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)