We’ve finally started doing something in our home that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. (I was originally inspired by Molly at Counter Cultural Mom.)We’re going to work on learning one hymn per week. I’m printing out a copy of the words for the kids’ memory notebooks. (Which are getting SLOWLY put together.) We sing it together during our family worship. I am certainly getting a lot of piano accompaniment practice.
For our first hymn we chose one that is not very well known, but it is one we sing fairly frequently at church. It is filled with thankfulness for God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice.
No Not Despairingly
by Horatius Bonar
No, not despairingly come I to Thee;
No, not distrustingly bend I the knee:
Sin hath gone over me, yet is this still my plea,
Jesus hath died.
Ah! mine iniquity crimson hath been,
Infinite, infinite—sin upon sin:
Sin of not loving Thee, sin of not trusting Thee—
Lord, I confess to Thee sadly my sin;
All I am tell I Thee, all I have been:
Purge Thou my sin away, wash Thou my soul this day;
Lord, make me clean.
Faithful and just art Thou, forgiving all;
Loving and kind art Thou when poor ones call:
Lord, let the cleansing blood, blood of the Lamb of God,
Pass o’er my soul.
Then all is peace and light this soul within;
Thus shall I walk with Thee, the loved Unseen;
Leaning on Thee, my God, guided along the road,