Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Thoughts on an Old Song "Come Thou Fount"

So, I was listening to Come Thou Fount. There's one phrase that struck me as though it was the first time I had ever heard it - "Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee" It doesn't say, "let thy punishment and disgust and hate bind my wandering heart to thee" .... it's saying that when my heart wanders, and wow, does it EVER, repeatedly, daily, ALL.THE.TIME. (because I am so far from perfect I can't even see the measuring stick of perfection, seriously)'s saying when my heart wanders, it's His goodness that draws me back and binds my heart to Him. No matter how far I wander, He actually does still love me. Which is weird, I have a really hard time grasping that. I assume a lot that when I suck and I'm totally a crappy person, that I can expect disgust and hate and total disappointment from Him and so *I* turn away so I don't see it. But, what is amazing is that He doesn't change. I'm not saying I'm totally swimming in that knowledge, because I'd be lying... It's really, really hard for me to fathom unconditional love. The only way I can ever get my thoughts around it is to think of my love for my children. There is nothing they could do to make me hate them or turn away from them. And if that love is human and faulty, then So, anyway, it's His goodness that pulls your wandering heart back... not His hatred and disapproval. Put that in your cider and mull over it.<3 br="">