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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

"Just As I Am Without One Plea" by Charlotte Elliott

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 28, 2022
James Howell recounts the story he heard from one evangelist.  The story tells of a man who during a revival service responded to the altar call plea made by the pastor. As the pastor began singing, “Just As I Am” one of the brethren came to the altar, knelt and prayed fervently. Then, according to the evangelist, the man went home, “just as he was.”

While Mr. Howell says the evangelist shared this in humor, it leaves to question, how many people sing this hymn, go to the altar, and return, without any changes. Unfortunately, the mindset of far too many in the church is one that expects God to accept them, “just as they are.” Yes, Jesus loves us, and He desires for us to come to Him as the ‘mess’ sin has caused us to be so that He can cleanse us and make us whole. That does not mean we can come to Him anyway we want, without a heart of repentance and expect God to be ‘okay’ with that.

This hymn is one of the greatest hymns in the Christian world. It reminds me of God’s mercy and His salvation extended to us through Christ Jesus. The author of this hymn, Charlotte Elliott, was a Victorian hymn writer who wrote this hymn in 1835.  At age 32, she suffered from a serious illness which left her permanently disabled. When she was young, Ms. Elliott was a creative poet who spent her days drawing and writing humorous verse. Her disability caused her to be in pain most of the time and made her unable to do many things, she began to feel weak, depressed, frustrated, and bitter.

After being counseled by Dr. Caesar Malan, a famous Swiss minister and hymnologist, she began to change her disposition about life. Dr. Malan planted a seed about God’s love and salvation. When Charlotte began to recall the “Come to Jesus just as you are,” message she received from Dr. Malan, she was inspired her to pen these words: 
Just as I am – without one plea; But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, – O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am – and waiting not; To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, – O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am – though toss’d about; With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fighting’s and fears within, without, – O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find, – O Lamb of God, I come!
This woman’s pain and struggles was put into words and have inspired many people for many years. The second line in: “Just as I am – and waiting not; To rid my soul of one dark blot,”should be a reminder to all, that even if we stumble, we still have a chance to “start over again.” We all have had a one dark blot in our soul, that sin causes, that ONLY the Lamb of God’s “blood can cleanse each spot.” The prophet Jeremiah encourages us with his words:

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:19-23

Just as I am…I come!
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