Tuesday : July 28, 2020

Ephesians 3:17-18 So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ

Before reading beyond this paragraph, let’s do a quick test: try to see if you can sing this hymn by Priscilla Owens to completion using the right words and no humming- here is the first line
‘Will your anchor hold…’

If you succeeded, then congratulations but if you missed out on some words and found yourself throwing in a couple of ‘magic words’ to make up for this, you are most likely not alone. When this song came to mind yesterday, however familiar I was with the melody, I just couldn’t find all the words to the song. And I was not alone because I asked both my brothers to complete the hymn but without success. Ultimately, I had to search for it online.
And I would like to share the first verse and chorus with you:

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love”

We are therefore presented with a sure place from which we can remain grounded, a place from which nothing can separate us: not the strongest of tides, or shifting cables, or even death- and that is the love of our saviour. Without that anchorage beloved, the waves of life will very likely batter you into submission. So like the words of the song, I also ask ‘will your anchor hold?


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