Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Sabbath Poetry: Charles Wesley

I could have sworn I had shared a poem from the younger Wesley before, but apparently I haven't. This one is a personal favorite, and a classic for good reason. We sang it this morning as our opening hymn.

Later in the service, I had the experience of walking up to the rail holding my sleeping son, still just days old. I knelt with him in my arms, received the body and blood of Christ, and watched as a priest of God blessed him in the name of the Trinity. It was a moment I'll never forget: so solemn I nearly wept, so giddy with beauty and happiness that I almost burst. God is great.

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Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

By Charles Wesley

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing how the presence of one we love, so tender and new, with us in worship can transform the liturgy and reawaken us to the love of God. I have felt that "Pure unbounded love Thou art" and also "so giddy with beauty and happiness that I almost burst" a lot in the last year. Thank God.