Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
- Saturday, September 27, 2008
"Suddenly as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still. Singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus of the hymn, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme or note to note to make melody."
Within the week, she completed the three verses that surround the chorus. The exciting story of Lemmels' composition was widely circulated. In 1924 it became a part of the hymnal, Gospel Truth in Song. Helen Lemmel died in 1961 in Seattle, Washington .
Through this hymn we hear the echo of Hebrews 12:2:, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." He can turn our weariness and trouble into peace and joy.
Lord Jesus, we can see you through eyes of faith. Thank you. We see your arms open wide as we come again and again for refreshment and nourishment. We are filled to overflowing with your loving grace that forgives. ‘Thank you' are only two small words that mean, ‘we love you'. In your powerful name, Amen
Lucy Neeley Adams has always loved music. She began telling the story of hymns on Christian radio WWGM in Nashville, TN, in the '80s. She then wrote a newspaper column titled "Song Stories" for five years. During that time Lucy's book, 52 Hymn Story Devotions, was published by Abingdon Press in Nashville. Each of the 52 stories contained in the book is written in a devotional format, with the words of the hymn concluding each devotion.
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