My adult son needed some financial help this week. For the first time in his life, we were unable to help. Part of being retired and on social security means and that you can no longer finance all the things you once did. It is, at best, an adjustment. Saying no to your child is heartbreaking, at least for a mother. So I pray for my son and his family, hoping God will take care of them when I can’t. And I try to set myself up on a higher spiritual plane where hurts are smaller.
One of the ways to do that is to think about God’s amazing love for us, a love that makes life disappointments much more bearable. When I contemplate God’s love, I always think of one of my favorite hymns, “And Can It Be.” Some of the phrases move me beyond words:
“Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me?”
“My chains fell off, my heart was free. I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”
“Bold I approach the eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own.”
These are powerful thoughts about God’s amazing love, about our freedom, about our eternal dwelling place with God. My desire is that these thoughts would be part of my day-to-day journey, that the Spirit of God would influence every part of my life. It’s not so easy to do in the midst of life’s challenges and obstacles. We tend to focus on getting by the best we can and walking along on a very earthly realm.
If only I could, at least on occasion, rise beyond my worries, fears and disappointments. If only I could leave my son in the care of a loving God and not worry. If only I could truly experience God’s amazing love and all that it means.
I want to share with you the words of a wonderfully inspiring hymn and then a YouTube video of a very gifted pianist.
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Please enjoy “And Can It Be” on YouTube: