Sunday, October 26, 2008

O Jesus I have promised

I had several posts prepared for today. Then at church the offertory hymn was that great favourite of mine ' O Jesus I have promised'. It followed the sermon on the great commandments in which Father John had emphasised that we do not love our neighbours in order to gain the Love of God but rather it is the knowledge that we live embraced in the Love of God that should inspire us to love our neighbours.

I am always emotional, and especially as we were preparing to receive the Eucharist, when singing the last verse.

Lord, let me see your footmarks,
And in them plant my own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in your strength alone.
O, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then in heaven receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.

There are, of course, many tunes but we sing Wolvercote which I prefer.

3 comments:

C.W.S. said...

Thanks for posting this; though I thought I knew the hymn I don't believe I have ever sung this last verse -- left out of some American hymnals perhaps. It is very stirring.

Brian R said...

Thanks for visiting c.w.s. Your blog seems to be a treasure trove of hymns. I must visit regularly and learn

FranIAm said...

Thank you for this- I do not know that hymn and I loved hearing it on the organ and reading the words.

Prayers for you always my friend!