Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father

 

It’s time to trust God to be faithful

      after years of trying to be what I thought He wanted me to be

      after years of believing I had to obey the command, “Be ye holy”

      after years of believing I was not acceptable “as I am”

 

There is no shadow of turning to Thee

      I can turn to You “as I am”

      I can turn to You wherever I am

      I can turn to You without shame

 

Thy compassions they fail not

      You always love me

      You always believe in me

      You always accept me

 

The old hymn, Just as I am, has been a part of my life as long as I remember. Altar calls at the church I grew up in. The 1979 Billy Graham Crusade at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. I’ve played the tune on the piano hundreds of times, always with the thought that some lost sinner needs to respond and repent. Now it is I who sings…

Just as I am, without one plea 

I don’t have to plea guilty. Nor innocent. Or good enough. I don’t have to say I’ll try to be straight. I don’t have to claim to be a new creation. I just come.

…and that Thou bidst me come to Thee

I finally recognize that He bids me come to Him, as I am. To trust Him, as I am. To let Him be faithful to who I am. He can be trusted. The storm didn’t faze him.

It was with sentiments like these that Jeremy Marks of Courage UK recognized that God is faithful, that He rewards those who seek Him. I am discovering many LGBT men and women, who are trusting the faithful God who continues to welcome them as they are. Who have ceased the struggle, ceased trying to be straight, or holy, or celibate, and have received

Pardon for sin
And a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence
To cheer and to guide
Strength for today
And bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine
With ten thousand beside

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