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A Poem

I saved a copy of this hymn in my journal in 2007. The words must have meant something to me that day, and they did when I read through them today. It defines love. The perfect kind. I never realized before that it is a prayer to love.

 
O love that glorifies the Son, 
O love that says, “Thy will be done!”
Pure love whose spirit makes us one– 
Come, fill my soul today; 
Come, fill my soul today. 
 
O love that binds our family, 
O love that brings my heart to thee, 
Pure love that lasts eternally– 
Come, fill my soul today; 
Come, fill my soul today.

 

O love that overcomes defeat,
O love that turns the bitter sweet, 
Pure love that makes our lives complete– 
Come, fill my soul today; 
Come, fill my soul today.

 

O Lord, give me the will to mend; 
O Lord, change me from foe to friend; 
Dear Lord, sustain me to the end–

Come, fill my soul today; 
Come, fill my soul today.

 

Text and music: Lorin F. Wheelwright, 1909-1987 (c) 1969, 1985 Lorin F. Wheelwright
 
We ask Pure Love to fill our souls, until the 4th stanza switches to “Dear Lord”, where we finally ask the Lord to fill our soul. Christ is synonymous with love, but I think it’s interesting to note the difference in each verse, with the focus entirely on perfect Love, and filling our hearts with Christ is the final way to obtain it.

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