Sunday, March 23, 2008

He Is Risen, Indeed!

We sang one of my favorite hymns today in church. This song felt particularly poignant this morning because I have been very aware of my sin this week (partially due to the Lenten season and Good Friday) and I have been feeling pretty wretched. As much as I DON'T WANT to sin, I find myself doing it anyway.

Ewan has been resisting naps more and more and even though he probably doesn't need them as much as he once did he still gets tired, cranky, edgy, and loses a lot of self-control which I react to (angrily) rather than respond to (patiently). It has been tempting to blame my own anger and crabbiness on my son rather than taking responsibility for my own sin. As we sang this song I contemplated on my own behavior over the past week, prayed for forgiveness and mercy, and found myself once again feeling hopeful that in Christ I can be free from my sin. If you have never heard this song sung find a way to listen to it because the melody is powerful!

In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

Happy Easter, friends. May you be filled with hope on this wonderful day!


Anonymous said...

I love that hymn, too. May God bless all of the mothers with young toddlers with grace and patience and wisdom. I know I'm always open for extra doses!

Mimi said...

AMEN!! Great words and wonderful consolation that our freedom and our hope are in Him. Don't be discouraged. You are a wonderful Mom and wife and daughter of the King. With Love,

mamabrown said...

Amen and amen ---- a very moving hymn. You are a terrific Mom, sweetheart. Truly, truly you are. My heart goes out to you when you are feeling down because you are such a loving and sensitive Mommy. We are all blessed with you in our lives. Loving you always, Mom

Sharon M said...

That song is also one of my favorites. We would often sing it at our church in JO (the English-speaking service, of course). The words are so powerful and always encourage me when I reflect on their meaning.