Do you ever get a song in your head that just doesn’t want to leave? That’s what I’m experiencing right now (while I should be sleeping). That’s because of a new favorite that we’ve sang in church a lot recently.
Having grown up in church, I absolutely love sacred music: hymns, southern gospel, choral, contemporary, you name it. In general, I prefer hymns to remain true to the song writer’s original intent — particularly with regard to words and tune. However, there are some incredible arrangements now available that just speak directly to my soul. One of them is a fairly new adaptation of the classic invitation hymn, “Just As I Am,” which, of course, was sung at the end of every Billy Graham crusade.
This hymn was penned by Charlotte Elliott, who died in 1871. As the story goes, Elliott, then 46 years old, was approached at a dinner party by a man who asked if she was a Christian. Elliott was offended by the question — but couldn’t shake it. Obviously the Holy Spirit was at work, and the poet went to find the man and asked him how to become a Christian. The woman came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and the song she wrote — “Just As I Am” — was considered a tribute to the man who explained to her that she could come to Jesus just as she was. Elliott would go on to write some 150 hymns, but none is so popular as this one. (View Source)
The newer version by Travis Cottrell adds a chorus that I think even the original songwriter would find a blessing:
I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ, the Lamb
And I’m welcomed with open arms
Praise God, just as I am
I hope you can identify with these powerful words. I sure can. Come to Jesus, just as you are. And let Him begin to transform your heart, your mind, and your entire life.
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