I grew up in a very conservative church. As a child, I remember thinking that hymns were the very bane of my existence. I did not like hymns; I thought at the time, that they were so slow and boring. Why couldn’t the worship leader sing more upbeat songs!?
Now, I’m becoming my mother, when did that happen? How could I have missed the transition? I sing hymns! Who am I? There is now, such an appreciation of those old hymns. My soul is happy, when we sing these songs.
Today, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, this song comes to mind, written by Isaac Watts, in 1707.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
I love the words of that song. It reminds me that I do not need a significant other to celebrate this day of love. As a matter of fact, I should remember everyday, not only today, I have rest; I can find comfort; I have a Friend, who is the best Listener, better than all men. I can be assured of that perfect, unwavering, unfailing, unprecedented, constant love, every day. Oh how He loves me, not because of me, but Praise God, in spite of me. There is no love like the love of God. No one and nothing can be compared to it. It cannot be attained by works. It is already ours!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY