Sunday, May 27, 2012

sunday songs

The hymn ‘Just as I Am’ has been around since 1835. It became the 'official' invitation song of the Billy Graham Crusades. Many souls have found Jesus as Savior in response to the simple beauty of this song.

When poet Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) was 46 years old, an elderly man approached her at a dinner party and asked if she was a Christian. She considered him rude and unkind, and that his question was inappropriate. After the man walked away, Charlotte could not get his question out of her mind so she went to find the man, and asked how to become a Christian. That night she received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Soon after, she wrote Just as I Am as a testimony to her new found faith, and as a tribute to the man who had told her how to become a Christian just the way she was... 

These are the first three verses of the song.

Just as I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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