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Jesus, lover of my soul

Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high;
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last!

This hymn has been on my mind a lot during the last week. You can find it in most hymn books, including Hymns and Psalms (528), Singing the Faith (355) and Mission Praise (372). It was written in 1740 by Charles Wesley.
The hymn has the lines “Hide me, O my Saviour, hide, Till the storm of life is past”. It was the idea of hiding from something that made me think of the hymn at this time. We are expected to hide away in our homes until the threat of Corona virus is past. The hymn is talking about God hiding us away from the storms of life and leading us into a safe harbour. God as the lover of our souls is a thought found in “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis (1380 – 1471). He wrote that God is “zealous lover of faithful souls”. Knowing that God loves us to th…

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