Dear Hope Family,
After mentioning Eliza Hewitt’s wonderful hymn, “More About Jesus Would I Know” in last Sunday’s sermon, I have enjoyed reflecting upon its simple, direct lyrics this week and finding it rise to the surface as I have gone about this week’s work and tasks. The refrain is worth committing to memory:
“More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.”
Her abiding invitation to the “more, more about Jesus” that we will never quench or exhaust has reminded me of Howard Thurman’s tremendous prayer that beckons us into the “unsearchable riches of Christ” available to us at our request, and I commend it to you as wonderful way to lay hold of the “more” that we long for and need:
“Lord, Lord, Open to Me”
Open unto me – light for my darkness.
Open unto me – courage for my fear.
Open unto me – hope for my despair.
Open unto me – peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me – joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me – strength for my weakness.
Open unto me – wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me – forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me – tenderness for my toughness.
Open unto me – love for my hates.
Open unto me – Thy Self of my self.
Lord, Lord, open unto me!
I have enjoyed Thurman’s prayer as it is written, but I also have equally enjoyed adding my own personal needs as well: truth for my lies, trust for my suspicion, honesty for my posturing, exposure for my hiding, feeling for my numbness, compassion for my indifference, Sabbath for my busyness, dependence for my control . . . Unfortunately, I can keep the list of needs rolling, but the blessing is Jesus and his supply of grace are equal to whatever need I can articulate!!
Looking forward to being with you all on Sunday, and praying with the Psalmist, “Open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things from your Word” (Psalm 119:18).
Grace and peace,