Last Sunday we had an interesting sacrament meeting centered around the hymns. Bishop Hardy invited anyone who wanted to share a favorite hymn and what it meant to them. Then we sang one verse of that hymn; the person could specify which one. I have one hymn that is kind of my personal mission statement: How Firm a Foundation. But the one I chose to share is Hymn 185, Reverently and Meekly Now.
|This is from the "old" hymnbook but the words are the same.|
LyricsThe fourth verse is the one I chose to sing, with the last line being my favorite: "that thy Savior I may be." He already paid the price. But so often we hold on to our pain, sin, grudges, or hurt and don't let Him take those burdens from us.
He is our Advocate with the Father; He wants us to succeed! I also love the line "I have loved thee as thy friend." As His friends, he wants us to have all that He has to offer us--forgiveness for our sins, relief from our burdens, and the hope of eternal life. His suffering in the garden and His agony on the cross were not just to fulfill the demands of justice, to put into motion the prerequisites for immortality. It was so much more that that. It was a love I cannot begin to comprehend.
|Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. --Revelation 3:20|
That day as a young woman I felt a little part of what it meant to be redeemed. I felt a gratitude and desire to take upon me the name of Christ in a way I had not ever felt before. Whenever we sing that hymn I'm taken back to that day when I realized I could be not just one of the countless beneficiaries of His sacrifice, but actually be called His friend.