Songs pop in my head for no reason I’m aware of at all. Or pieces of classical music (my favorite). In my arising this morning I realized I must have been dreaming of the song from a record Mother had which I heard growing up. John Charles Thomas singing it, I believe: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Part of the last verse was playing in my head; I’m glad to see the entire verse here. Yes, in Jesus we are crucified, buried and risen to new life. That is the life we live in and through Jesus. It is a crucified, resurrected life. We are people of the resurrection who are to live cruciform/cross-formed lives in and through Jesus.
When we turn to Jesus we turn to the crucified, risen and ascended Lord. God meets us there. We receive forgiveness of sins and new life. Although we begin this new life that way, we need to keep coming back again and again.
It’s no less than God’s love for us in Jesus, a love that will not let us go no matter what. A love that stooped to the deepest depths to lift us in and through and with Jesus out of the pit and onto a rock, yes even to the highest heights. When we look to the cross, we see a love that is for each one of us, indeed for the world. And we in Jesus are to come to know that love in our hearts. And to live out that love with others in Jesus together for the world.