READ : Psalm 30:1-5
From birth, George Matheson had trouble with his eyesight and it continued to deteriorate throughout his life. Nevertheless he completed college and became a brilliant preacher and pastor. Crowds thronged to his 2000-member Scottish church to hear him preach.
He suffered a severe blow when his sweetheart told him she could not marry him because of his blindness. In anguish he wrote the beloved hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” He later said, “The hymn was the fruit of my suffering. It was the quickest bit of work I ever did in my life. I had the impression of having it dictated to me by some inner voice . . . .” His lyrics reflect his positive faith and repeat the psalmist’s belief that “weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
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. (2nd stanza)
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if out of our pain and suffering, we could bring such powerful witness to God’s loving grace?
Father, be with me in the night of sorrow and show me how to focus on the morning’s joy. Amen.