One of these hymns we sung at our wedding, because for both Daniel and me, it has been a reminder of truth through difficult times. It's true, it brought tears to my eyes while I sang it on my wedding day, because I was reminded of God's great, great Love.
O, Love That Will Not Let Me Go seems fit for every occasion: The loss of a loved one, the sickness of a friend, when you or someone you love falls into sin, and when repentance and reconciliation take place; when darkness surrounds you, when burdens oppress you; when it rains, and when the joy of the Lord is irrepressible; when a friend betrays you, when you're all alone, or when you are surrounded buy countless blessings.
My favorite verse is still the third. How often I have sung it to remind myself all in not vain, I cannot even count, but the entirety of the hymn is glorious.
- 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 foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring 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.