A FRIEND CONCLUDED HIS HOLY WEEK SERMON by citing the last line of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”:
“Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.”
He confessed that the phrase had haunted him his entire “conscious spiritual life,” wondering what the hymn writer might have meant, exactly, by that phrase. Was he thinking about death, praying that God would not let him live so long as to grow cold in his religious affections? Or was he acknowledging his place in that third shadow, in that third crowd where most of us find ourselves —so busy with life and its stuff that we are in danger of “outliving” our love to Jesus?
– Thomas R. Steagald
Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn
From page 133 of Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn: A Lenten Journey with Jesus by Thomas R. Steagald. Copyright ©2010 by Thomas R. Steagald. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How do you interpreted the quoted phrase from the hymn? How does the phrase challenge you? Share your thoughts.
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
John 13:21, NRSV
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