With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Prone to Wander

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Prone to Wander

This needlepoint is very special to me because it is a line from my favorite hymn and because it was stitched for me by a kind and thoughtful friend of my daughter, in her own unique style.
I thought a long time about how to finish her piece. Instead of framing it, I decided to make it into a pillow and display it on the chair I sit on as I spend time reading my Bible.
Come Thou Fount
Robert Robinson (1758)

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
mount of God's redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above

. O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

I am currently reading a devotional recommended by Alistair Begg, with prone to wander in the title.
I am only beginning the book and love it already, especially how well the prayers are worded.
Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration
by Barbara R Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk
Here is an excerpt from the back cover:
Confessing our sins might seem like a gloomy business—God already knows about them, so what's the point of dwelling on failure? But confession is more celebratory than we think. It does not simply remind us of our guilt, but points us to our great Savior, who has atoned for us and lovingly pursues us despite our wandering.

8 comments:

CatTales said...

I love the lyrics to this hymn. Beautiful embroidery and the pillow is a great idea. Blessings to you and yours this day.

Joy said...

It is a beautiful hymn, it does remind us how much we owe our Lord. The pillow is a thoughtful gesture.

Beth said...

Such a thoughtful gift. And you use it in the most perfect way.

Ann Thompson said...

Love that needlepoint piece. It makes a great pillow.

podso said...

That's a good rec on the devotional book. And the pillow is so nice--I like the way she did it and it's great as a pillow!

Adrienne said...

I love this old hymn. It speaks to my heart. And I love your pillow - it's so sweet. It's a great reminder of the truth that we are prone to wander unless we keep our focus on Him.
~Adrienne~

Lea said...

Oh, my, I grew up singing that song and it is so dear to my heart. Love the pillow and going to check out that devotional book. Happy week!

Just a little something from Judy said...

The words of this song and the one who was singing it, blessed my heart in such a special way this afternoon. The gift of the artistically done pillow, is a real treasure. Thank God for the grace and mercy of our God, who despite my prone to wander, He gently leads me home. Amazing Grace!!!

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