Colin's Wise Wednesday - 3rd July 2019

Thanks Ron and Cam’ for your choice of songs on Sunday which gave me the idea for this devotion. Wow I have enjoyed putting it together. The one was the hymn “Breathe on Me Breath of God” that Ron preached on and “Draw me Close to You” was a chorus that Cam’ had chosen. On “playing” around with the titles one can easily intersperse the title of the hymn and the chorus and they fit perfectly (please try it).

It was interesting to read about “Draw me Close” and how it came about that Kelly Carpenter wrote it. I’m sure many of us can relate to his story. Kelly said that sometimes living the "Christian” life we become more focused on doing rather than on the relationship with Christ and in being in community with others. He says the works of the Kingdom are important but he says that if the doing is all we are focused on then our relationship with God suffers. He said this happened to him and many other people he knew when they got too focused on “works”.

Kelly goes on to say that one Sunday in January 1994 he came home after leading worship and felt tired and down. He sat down at the piano and the song just started pouring out of his heart. He realized that he wanted to know Jesus more than he wanted to do good works for Him, and that somehow he had lost connection with Him. He spontaneously sang “I give it all up again to hear You say that I’m your friend”, his heart melted. When you know his story you can hear his plea when he sings: “You’re all I want, You’re all I ever needed, You’re all I want, Help me know you are near”. Could this be our prayer of daily surrender?

Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear you say that I'm your friend
You are my desire
No one else will do
'Cause nothing else can take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to you
You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know you are near

Written by Kelly Carpenter 1994

Ron suggested that we use the hymn he preached on as a daily prayer. I had forgotten the profound words of this Hymn and I will be taking Ron up on his suggestion, will you?

Breathe on me, breath of God:
fill me with life anew,
that I may love as You have loved
and do as You would do.
Breathe on me, breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with Yours
to do and to endure.
Breathe on me, breath of God;
fulfil my heart's desire,
until this earthly part of me
glows with Your heavenly fire.
Breathe on me, breath of God;
so shall I never die,
but live with You the perfect life
of Your eternity.

Written by Edwin Hatch in 1878

Let’s Pray: Almighty God thanks for bringing Your message in the words of hymns and choruses. Words that never age, praises that never cease. Breathe on me, breath of God, You’re all I want, You’re all I ever needed, You’re all I want, Help me know you are near. Amen.

God Bless ~ Lyn & Colin


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