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God's Unfailing Love!

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.  
George Matheson (1842-1906) was a Scotsman who exhibited a quick mind and a fervent devotion to the Lord. Sensing God's call on his life, he began to train for the ministry, but his already poor eyesight began to fail. He raced through studies at the University of Glasgow and graduated at the age of 19, but was fully blind by the following year. His sister learned Greek and Hebrew alongside him to help him complete his degree. Shortly after this, George began pastoral ministry as an assistant, then became pastor in the Scottish village of Inellan in 1868.
According to many sources, George was engaged to be married, but his fiancée, upon learning of his blindness, broke off the engagement. George remained a bachelor for the rest of his life.
In 1882, George's sister got married. Alone in his home on the night of the wedding, George began to reflect on the nature of true love and the reality that he would soon be alone without the aid of his beloved sister. God's love, he realized, was one which would pursue him and would never let him go. In his written account of that evening, he cryptically refers to something which had happened to him and was weighing on his mind. In the middle of his grief, George turned his mental agony into worship. In only about five minute's time, he wrote a four-stanza poem exploring four different images for God's unfailing love.  Later his poem would be put to music and become a beloved hymn of the church. Matheson wrote:
 
O Love that wilt 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 liftest 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.
Mathewson learned that God's love is a constant we can hold onto.  During these challenging times we must never lose sight of the truth that God's love will never let us go!
See you on Sunday in person or join us on line. 
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug