Give Me Jesus

Have I told you how much I like my new church? Every time I walk in the door, it feels as if God lays a shawl of peace on my shoulders, which is way better than the heavy burdens I lay on myself much of the time.

Last night, I slipped into the Sunday evening service a few minutes late. My friends I usually sit beside weren’t there, so I slipped into an end seat and joined in the corporate worship. I looked around at mostly unfamiliar faces and smiled. Though I still have lots of names to learn, I was surrounded by  my church family. I breathed deep and enjoyed the warmth of my peace shawl.

As we sat down for the offering, I glanced around and noticed five or six couples sitting shoulder-to-shoulder around me. The deceiver started tugging at my shawl. You are utterly alone, Lee, and you always will be. 

I stared at two gray-haired couples in front of me and whispered, “I wanted that—to grow old with him.” My peace shawl slipped off one shoulder, and I felt discontentment settle heavy on my heart.

After the offertory prayer, the choir stood to sing, and I heard a familiar song with fresh perspective.

In the morning, when I rise. In the morning, when I rise. In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus. You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.

I changed my focus from the couples to the choir, and my soul sang along.

When I am alone. When I am alone. When I am alone. Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus. You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.

I gazed at the empty seat next to me and pictured Jesus there. He whispered to my spirit, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Like a husband, Jesus tended to me. He settled the peace shawl back around my shoulders, and he lifted the heaviness from my heart.

The music swelled, and so did my hope. My gaze shifted from my loss to the one thing I can never lose.

When I come to die. When I come to die. When I come to die. Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus! Give me Jesus! You can have all this world. You can have all this world. You can have all this world.

Just give me Jesus.

Lord,

Your tender affection leaves me speechless. I don’t know why I’m surprised by the ways You anticipate my needs. Nothing takes You by surprise. 

Thank you for tending to my wounds and to the pain that seems to sneak up on me when I least expect it. Sometimes, I wonder if the wounds will ever heal. If the grief will ever leave. If the pain will ever stop casting its shadow over a life with plenty of good in it.

I don’t know the answer to those wonderings, but I know You.

I know Your love lasts.

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him” (Psalm 103:15-17 NIV).

I know Your faithfulness holds fast.

“You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15 NIV).

I know Your salvation secures my soul.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28 ESV).

I know Your power penetrates my thickest problems.

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3 ESV).

I know Your grace overtakes my strongest weakness.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV).

I know Your mercy is shiny new every morning.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’ ” (Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV).

I know Your eternal wonder will outlast my earthly questions.

“How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:3 ESV).

I know Your peace will stay wrapped around my shoulders as long as I find my satisfaction in You.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV).

Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus. You can have all this world. You can have all this world. You can have all this world.

Just give me Jesus,

AMEN

Do you need Jesus to tend to your heart today? I pray this video will draw you to His side. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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