Dr. George Matheson: The Sight of the Blind Man   Leave a comment

Make Me A Captive, Lord
Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life’s alarms when by myself I stand;
Imprison me within Thine arms and strong shall be my hand.

My heart is weak and poor until it master find;
It has no spring of action sure, it varies with the wind;
It cannot freely move till Thou hast wrought its chain,
Enslave it with Thy matchless love, and deathless it shall reign.

My will is not my own till Thou hast made it Thine;
If it would reach the monarch’s throne it must its crown resign;
It only stands unbent, amid the clashing strife,
When on Thy bosom it has leant and found in Thee its life.

Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go
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.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that lifest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

Dr. Matheson was a Scottish preacher who lived most of his life nearly blind, only able to see shadows. His sisters learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew to help Matheson in his study of the Bible. He became a well-known preacher, and was even given the opportunity to preach for the Queen, who received well his sermon on the patience of Job. Matheson served as the pastor of Endinburgh-St. Bernards church for 13 years before he retired from pastoral ministry and focused on writing books and hymns. Matheson was so skilled in his preaching that most of his congregation had no idea that he was blind–they thought he was reading his sermons because of the eloquence with which he delivered them. All in all, he pastored two congregations for 31 years and wrote at least 10 hymns. The Lord called His faithful servant home after 64 years. (Listed above are two which I recently happened upon and found to be quite enjoyable.)

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Posted June 22, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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