I love the devotional song, “In Christ Alone.” I’ve always loved singing it–I first heard it when I was at Harding (in chapel probably). Such a pretty song with some powerful words! This song has a deeper meaning to me now than it did at Harding, though. (I’ve noticed that A LOT with songs I’ve been singing since I can remember!) If you don’t know it, here are the words:
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
The part of the song that really gets me every time is the last verse. “From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.” He commands my destiny–my future is in His hands! How comforting is that! And let’s read of further–“No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand”–nothing (but ourselves) will ever be able to take us away from Him, from His hand. At the moment I found out Jake was not on this earth any more, I could have given up all hope. I could have given up on life. But I didn’t–because I knew and still know that God’s got my future in His hands. I don’t know what lies ahead of me, but I know that God does. And with every wave that I think will knock me down, He gives me a stepping stone to move forward before that wave can take me.
God has shown me blessing after blessing these past 8 and a half months! I want to share some very exciting news with you all–I have decided to go back to school to get my Master’s in counseling with a focus on grief and loss (at University of North Texas in Denton). I hope to begin this journey this coming fall! I’m very excited about where this will take me–where God is taking me. I want to be able to help others going through loss and heartache in their life. I want to let them know that God cares deeply and passionately for them. And that He will never leave them. I know that God has plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11). I’ll update everyone once I hear word on if I’ve been accepted or not!
So, tonight, I leave you with this… “Till He returns or calls me home–Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.” I’m choosing to stand in the power and strength of Christ instead of allow my grief and heartache to bring me to my knees. What about you?
(“In Christ Alone”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music)