Wednesday, July 11, 2012

O Let Me Only Jesus See

In Matthew 17, toward the end of the story of Jesus' transfiguration, we read:

"And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only" (Matt. 17:8).

In meditation on this verse, I was led to write the following little hymn.  It may be sung to the tune of "Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow."

O let me only Jesus see,
My Lord in His humility!
No other God, no other sight,
Can take away my sinful fright.

O let me only Jesus see,
My God in my humanity!
O Spirit, come, lift up my eyes,
And fill them with the Crucified!

Next week I'll offer a few notes on this prayer and the meaning it holds for me.

Note: A special solo arrangement of this hymn will be sung this coming Sunday, July 15, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.