Today, I was "free reading" one of my all time favorite books: "Pilgrims Progress" by John Bunyan. And I read this portion, and as usual, it made me shudder in happyness:
Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing,
"Thus far did I come laden with my sin"
“Thus far did I come laden with my sin,
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,
Till I came hither. What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!”
How far have you come?
"Nor could aught ease the grief I was in"
I so relate to that so well.
"Till hither I came, what place is this!"
Where, oh where, had I finally arrived?
"Must here be the beginning of my bliss?"
Is it true? Can my life start anew?
"Must here the burden fall off my back?"
DO I really want to lose what I have carried all my life?
"Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?"
Am I being released, or more tightly bound?
"Blest Cross! Blest sepulchre! Blest rather be
The MAN that there was put to shame for me!"
I have been relieved of my burdens! I have been given something new!! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!! I am renewed because of YOU!!!!
I pray that you feel the same way as I do when reading these words penned over 300 years ago. I also hope that we never forget what it was like when we found our first love.