Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Spirit, Father, I Commend

"Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46).

The text of a new little hymn appears below.  A tune has been written for it by Bonnie Rex.  I wrote the text in the days following Good Friday.  The text for my Good Friday sermon was Luke 23:46, the seventh and final word from the cross.  A loving "thank you" to my mother for suggesting the idea for this hymn.  Next week I'll say a few words about it.  For now I'll leave you with the simple text.

"My spirit, Father, I commend
Into Your hands at My life's end"--
Last words that name the Three in One:
My Spirit, Father, I, the Son.

Now morning, evening, ev'ry day,
Dear Father, in Your hands I lay
Myself, my body, soul, all things.
The joy and peace it often brings!

Then on that one eventual day
Help me through Christ, Your Son, to pray,
"My spirit, Father, I commend
Into Your hands at my life's end."