February 2020








George Matheson was one of Scotland’s great preachers.  Born in 1842, he served for over 40 years as a pastor and author of numerous hymns still sung in the church. What many people do not know is that George Matheson lost his sight when he was 20 years old.

As the story goes, Matheson wrote his well-known hymn, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,” after his fiancé rejected him when she learned about his loss. Matheson ended up never marrying. Yet, in its wake, it caused him to write of a far greater love that sustained him in that sad moment and in many more throughout his life. Here is the first verse:

O Love that will 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.

God’s love can swallow up all sorrows. As we enter a month in which we celebrate love (Valentine’s Day), let us remember Jesus words: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13). Or, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38,39). (His love) Will Never Let Us Go!






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