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Take My Life and Let it Be

When Pastor Andy and I were discussing the current sermon series, this hymn, and the story of its composer, came to mind.   It is a great story about Frances Havergal, who wrote many of our beloved hymns.   Though she had been a long-time Christian, she felt something was missing in her faith.  In 1873 Frances received a book called “All for Jesus,” which stressed the importance of making Christ the center of every aspect of one’s life.  She then made a new and complete dedication of herself to Christ.  She stated “It was on Advent Sunday…that I firstt saw clearly the blessedness of true consecration.  …There must be full surrender before there can be full blessedness.”  A few years later, she spent some time with ten others, some who were not believers, and some who were believers but who hadn’t dedicated all to Christ.  She prayed for God to help her lead them to total surrender.  She witnessed and by the time she left, all 10 had become true Christ followers.  On the last night of her visit, she wrote this beloved hymn.

She often used this hymn as her own devotionals, and the phrase “take my voice and let me sing, always only for my King,” led her to give up her secular concerts (she was a singer much in demand) and only sang sacred songs from that point on.  The phrase “take my silver and my gold” led her to donate all of her great amount of jewelry to the Church Missionary Society.

“Take my love, my God, I pour At Thy feet its treasure store.  Take myself and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee, Ever, only, all for Thee.”  Take My Life and Let it Be, Vs 4, Frances Havergal

Taken from: “Then Sings my Soul” Robert Morgan, p. 191

 

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