Monday, August 18, 2008

I Need Thee Every Hour
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
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(Chorus) I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
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I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
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I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
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I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
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I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou bless├Ęd Son.

I love the Church. When significant circumstances or seemingly mundane details overwhelm my heart, I am grateful for the Church. When I am admittedly battling with uncertainty, frustration, or worry, I am grateful for how the Lord manifests Himself through the encouragement and presence of fellow brothers and sisters. How easy it is and how quickly we can downspiral into the black hole of feeling as though we are the only ones going through a specific situation, acquainting ourselves with those thoughts that no one can fully understand or relate to our struggle. But how incredible is the real truth that we have not only our great High Priest who is near and sympathizes with our every weakness, but also that He provides the Church. In our sin and desire for comfort and signifance, we can quickly lose sight of those whom He has given us. Just as the disciples doubted Jesus even as they witnessed Him walking on water, we are so prone to doubt and question. But He is still alive, still interceding, reigning from His throne yet making His nearness evident. His nearness is our good, and that nearness is so often evidenced through fellow recipients of such unmatched and undeserved grace.

2 comments:

Colorado Dreamin' said...

Amen

Ashley said...

Thank you for this. It's just what I needed to read! :)