Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pass Me Not (from Rebecca)

Photo by Rebecca at Caravan Sonnet
In my health journey one of my favorite hymns is "Pass Me Not" from Fanny J. Crosby. Have y'all heard this hymn? This hymn and its words have been a source of great comfort and also have been a cry of my heart through some very dark and difficult days and nights. I have found great comfort in the knowledge that the Lord is with us in our journey's.

Another reason that I like this hymn is that I believe that Fanny Crosby (if she were alive today *smiles*) would have understood those of us at SEEN Gathering that are struggling with chronic health issues. Fanny became blind at six weeks of age and later became one of the leading advocates for the cause of the blind. It is said that she even addressed Congress at one point on this issue. Her hymn, "Pass Me Not" was written in 1868 and her inspiration behind the hymn came after a visit to a prison where she sung some of her other hymns. History says that as she was leaving she heard a prisoner say, "Good Lord, do not pass me by" and that evening she wrote this famous hymn. 

Many theologians believe that Fanny was also sharing the story of the blind beggar's plea to Christ in her hymn (this story can be found in Matthew 20, Mark 10, and Luke 18) and due to her own health issues could relate to those who were broken in spirit. Historians say that Fanny often would share with those that she knew that heartbreak reminds us that Christ will never pass anyone by. 

What a beautiful encouragement for today! Here are the lyrics sweet friends! I hope that they encourage you today:

"Pass Me not, O gentle Savior- Hear my humble cry! 
While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior, Hear my Humble Cry, 
While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.

Let me at a throne of mercy, Find a sweet relief.
Kneeling there is deep contrition, Help my unbelief.

Savior, Savior, Hear my Humble Cry, 
While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.

Trusting only in Thy merit, Would I seek Thy face.
Heal my wounded broken spirit, Save me by Thy Grace.

Savior, Savior, Hear my Humble Cry, 
While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.

Thou the Spring of all my comfort, More than life to me!
Whom have I on earth beside Thee? Whom in Heaven but Thee?

Savior, Savior, Hear my Humble Cry, 
While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by."

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