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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray.
Through darkness and perplexity point thou the heavenly way.
Lord Jesus, think on me, that, when this life is past,
I may the eternal brightness see, and share thy joy at last.
Synesius of Cyrene’s fifth-century hymn “Lord Jesus, Think on Me”
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal
Synesius of Cyrene, who was born around 410 AD, was a Greek bishop of Ptolemais, located in what is today Libya. I wonder what this author of ten famous hymns and countless other writings and letters would think of 2014 Presbyterians singing his hymns today?
In this hymn he speaks of the eternal brightness of God, and I imagine he would be surprised and honored at the longevity of his words. “Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray, through darkness and perplexity point thou the heavenly way. Lord Jesus think on me, that when this life is past, I may the eternal brightness see, and share thy joy at last.”
A timeless message he imparts, reminding us that the Bible reveals that not only do we pray to Jesus, but that Jesus also prays for us. We find references in the book of John, Romans, and Hebrews that Christ prays for us.
So what if today instead of asking God for something specific in prayer, we remember that Jesus is also praying for us.
Lord Jesus, think on me. Your name be praised. Amen.
Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator
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