Just a few words beautifully sum up the growth of a Christian in the journey of faith…
“Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word;
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own,
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.”
I ran across this old hymn the other day in a book I’m reading. It’s not a hymn I am familiar with, but the words are striking. The title of the hymn is called “Himself” and was written by a well-known churchman and theologian Albert B. Simpson (1843-1919). For me, I see in the hymn the progression of a believer’s walk with Christ from focus on self to focus on Christ. As I like to say, we all start somewhere, and it is usually here. Nothing wrong with that, but we eventually need to move from focus on the benefits of salvation for the self to the…
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Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.