Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Just As I Am
With both of my parents now deceased, my closeness to them has taken on a different, but equally meaningful perspective. One recent Sunday, I was feeling a particular closeness to my dad, wishing I could have just one more conversation with him. Then, as if sending me a message that he was as close to me as I felt to him, our spectacular church pianist played the old hymn "Just As I Am" while we took the offering. "Just As I Am" was my dad's favorite hymn. I first became familiar with it during Billy Graham's television programs when I was growing up. Since then, whenever I hear "Just As I Am," I can hear my dad humming along (Dad didn't think of himself as a singer, but he was a great, great hummer). I'm not sure if Dad favored the lyrics or the music, but I particularly like the third verse: "Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come."