Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On My Desk

I have a frame on my desk. Pressed behind the glass are some wonderful words.
They are the lyrics of a hymn written many, many years ago by a woman largely unknown by most today, but a woman with a significant life lived in service to the Lord.

Frances Ridley Havergal was a remarkable 19th century English writer and musician. She devoted her whole life to worshiping the Lord through her musical talent.  There was great evidence of His presence in her. For example, in 1878 she felt compelled to give her most valuable possessions away. She wrote to a friend:

"The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. 'Take my silver and my gold' now means shipping off all my ornaments to the church Missionary House... I don't think I ever packed a box with such pleasure."

I have these words on my desk because I want to remember them and I want them to be true of my own life.

  1. Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
    Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
  2. Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee;
    Take my voice and let me sing, always, only for my King.
  3. Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee;
    Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.
  4. Take my moments and my days, let them flow in endless praise;
    Take my intellect and use every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
  5. Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine;
    Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne.
  6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store;
    Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

    (Some may recognize the lyrics from a Chris Tomlin song a few years back.  You can find the song "Take My Life" on YouTube.)