Wednesday Worship: Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus)

This has been a roller coaster week for me, and I’ve experienced the height of joy and struggled through the darkness of grief over the course of the past days. It was a wonderful weekend spent with Nat who arrived Thursday and spent a couple days with us intermingled with visits to other friends in the area. Being with Nat is so refreshing. I can be real and honest and vulnerable, and she’s not afraid of any of that. We celebrated Em’s graduation from JMU on Saturday. Now it’s only six weeks until her big wedding celebration. The rejoicing culminated on Sunday night with the ordination service for our youth director, now pastor, Tim. Tim is another dear friend to us, and it was awesome to see God’s faithfulness to direct in his life as he joyfully followed God’s calling. Bri and I were able to be on worship team for Tim’s service, and that only added to the sweetness of the evening for us. Tim is gifted and humble, and it was such a privilege to take part in his celebration.

I overdid it. Completely. Way too much for my body to take. But well worth it. Going into Monday and Tuesday the fatigue became overwhelming and along with it came the grief of a heart-breaking anniversary in our life–the due date of the child we miscarried. It was a day of letting go again and clinging to Christ even when I don’t understand His plans. Those plans included a bone scan yesterday which went well, but left me feeling poorly, and I spent most of the day in bed sleeping off the contrast dye they injected into me. Now comes the waiting and the praying and the hoping for another clear report.

Through it all there is only one place to turn. I cannot just turn to Jesus in the struggle. He is the one who is the real reason for the celebrations. Without Him I wouldn’t have the depth of relationship with Nat, the occasions in Em’s life to look forward to, the shepherding, leadership and friendship of Tim. Without Jesus, I would have nowhere to turn with the pain of heartbreak. Without Him I would wait hopelessly for results of my tests. Without Him I would never have walked through the horrors of the last months. He is enough in this life.

Chris Rice’s Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus) is the story of my life. Simply put, I need Him for every step of my journey, and I know that when my story ends, I will fly to Him and live forever. I love his lyric “Then go in peace and laugh on glory’s side.” What an amazing picture and promise! He offers us everything, and He is there with us every step of the way, be it the pinnacle of joy or the valley of suffering. He is the hope that I am clinging to this week. What are you listening to that brings your focus to Jesus?

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!
(Copyright 2002 Clumsy Fly Music (ASCAP))

Amen and amen! Won’t you run to Jesus today with me, and LIVE?!

5 responses to “Wednesday Worship: Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus)”

  1. Hey Ang,
    I will run to Jesus today. I will run to him and ask him to heal me and ALL those suffering from allergies in this season. It might sound like a silly prayer, but I believe that God is big enough to hear and answer silly prayers. It’s good to be home in NJ and I know it is GOOD that I am here. Sorry you overdid it this weekend (I feel like I am partly to blame for that one…but we did have fun 😉 My pick this week is Kindness by Chris Tomlin. Jesus hears our cries. He IS better than life.

    Open up the skies of mercy
    And rain down the cleansing flood
    Healing waters rise around us
    Hear our cries lord let ’em rise
    Open up the skies of mercy
    And rain down the cleansing flood
    Healing waters rise around us
    Hear our cries lord let ’em rise

    It’s your kindness lord
    That leads us to repentance
    Your favor lord, is our desire
    It’s your beauty lord
    That makes us stand in silence
    Your love
    Your love
    Is better than life

    We can feel
    Your mercy falling
    You are turnin our hearts back again
    Hear our praises rise to heaven
    Draw us near lord
    Meet us here

    It’s your kindness lord
    That leads us to repentance
    Your favor lord, is our desire
    It’s your beauty lord
    That makes us stand in silence
    Your love
    Your love

    It’s your kindness lord
    That leads us to repentance
    Your favor lord, is our desire
    It’s your beauty lord
    That makes us stand in silence
    Your love
    Your love
    Is better than life
    Is better than life

    Your love

    Open up the skies of mercy
    And rain down the cleansing flood
    Healing waters rise around us
    Hear our cries lord let ’em rise

    To live is Christ, to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

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  2. It was a joy to see you and Brian on the Worship team Sunday night. I can understand the feelings of exhaustion that follow such intense days. Reading your Wednesday Worship pick brought tears to my eyes, as it was played at my (stillborn) nephew’s funeral this February when he was born at 20 weeks, too young to live. He was due the same time as the baby I am carrying, now. That would be the beginning of June.

    I haven’t posted on your blog, though I often check in, but here is my Wednesday Worship pick….

    Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer (Margaret Becker-words/Keith Getty-music)

    Jesus, draw me ever nearer
    As I labor through the storm;
    You have called me to this passage,
    And I’ll follow, though I’m worn.

    (Refrain)
    May this journey bring a blessing,
    May I rise on wings of faith;
    And at the end of my heart’s testing,
    With Your likeness let me wake.

    Jesus guide me through this tempest
    Keep my spirit staid and sure;
    When the midnight meets the morning,
    Let me love You even more.

    Let the treasures of the trial
    Form within me as I go –
    And at the end of this long passage,
    Let me leave them at Your throne.

    Blessings to you this day, Angie! I am praying for you.

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  3. As I read your blog today, I sorrow with you as you remember the loss of your unborn little one. One of the darkest days I have ever experienced was the night I held my little 3 1/2 month old nephew as he literally drew his last breath, he died suddenly and unexpetedly. At his funeral they sang the song, Jesus Loves Me. A song I had heard and sung hundreds of times, and sing often to my own children , but it’s words are so much more precious to me now. May they bless your heart today!

    Jesus loves me, this I know,
    For the Bible tells me so;
    Little ones to Him belong,
    They are weak, but He is strong.

    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    The Bible tells me so.

    Jesus loves me, He who died
    Heaven’s gates to open wide;
    He will wash away my sin,
    Let His little child come in.

    Jesus loves me, loves me still,
    Though I’m very weak and ill:
    From His shining throne on high
    Comes to watch me where I lie.

    Jesus loves me, He will stay
    Close beside me all the way:
    If I love Him, when I die
    He will take me home on high.

    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    The Bible tells me so.

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  4. Sasha Rothwell Avatar
    Sasha Rothwell

    The Lord has been teaching me the truth of this song. His grace is truly amazing that I know full well. My heart was so heavy and sad when I entered your site tonight but after reading your post and being reminded to cling to Jesus, I again feel enabled by Him to fight another day.

    God bless you Angie and your sweet family. You are a precious woman of God!

    “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me….
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.

    T’was Grace that taught…
    my heart to fear.
    And Grace, my fears relieved.
    How precious did that Grace appear…
    the hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares…
    we have already come.
    T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…
    and Grace will lead us home.

    The Lord has promised good to me…
    His word my hope secures.
    He will my shield and portion be…
    as long as life endures.

    When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
    bright shining as the sun.
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
    then when we’ve first begun.

    “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me….
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.

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  5. Angie,

    First time I heard that song by Chris Rice, I cried. My kids will attest it’s one of my favorites.

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