Here we are at the halfway point of Lent. I wish you blessings on your journey to Jerusalem with the Savior. I am home for a third straight day with the flu, so perhaps that's why this particular hymn spoke to me so directly today:
"Heal Us, Emmanuel"
Text: William Cowper, 1779
Tune: GRAEFENBERGER, Johann Crueger, 1647
Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayer,
We wait to feel Thy touch;
Deep wounded souls to Thee repair,
And Savior, we are such.
Our faith is feeble, we confess
We faintly trust Thy Word;
But wilt Thou pity us the less?
Be that far from Thee, Lord!
Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief
“Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried;
“O help my unbelief!”
She, too, who touched Thee in the press
And healing virtue stole,
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace;
Thy faith has made thee whole.”
Concealed amid the gathering throng,
She would have shunned Thy view;
And if her faith was firm and strong,
Had strong misgivings too.
Like her, with hopes and fears we come
To touch Thee if we may;
O send us not despairing home;
Send none unhealed away.
This hymn, like many I've included can be read and MIDI files heard at The Cyberhymnal.