Sunday, May 15

Sunday's Hymn: Reader's Choice

Today's hymn is a favorite of Res Ipsa. This one's a favorite of mine, too. It was written by Kate B. Wilkinson, who was an Anglican active in the Keswick movement.

May the Mind of Christ My Savior
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

Res Ipsa loves this hymn for it's simplicity.
I have found it a helpful text and tune to carry in my mind and heart, reminding me to look, at all times, to and for the mind of Christ, the Word of God, the peace of God, and the love and beauty of Jesus.

It reminds me to comfort sick and sorrowing persons, something that is a really good idea to set out intentionally to do. And it offers the right frame of mind for this effort: the reign of God's peace in my own life, a peace not to be enjoyed like a long hot bath, but to be poured out like rinse water over the dirty dishes.

I particularly like the last verse, asking that Christ's beauty rest upon me as I share the gospel with others, that they may "forget the channel, seeing only him." This is a very good prayer, particularly if you have ever looked at my blog. It is far, far better that the channel itself be overlooked.

Do you have a favorite hymn you'd like to see featured here some Sunday? Add it to the list, and when your turn comes, it'll be here.
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