Let’s look at Frances Havergal’s “Take My Life and Let It Be” from a different angle. After writing this hymn she learned that, ” ‘all for Jesus’ must be supplemented and sealed with ‘only for Jesus.'”
“Take My Life And Let It Be” may be Frances Havergal’s most beloved hymn. Written in 1874, the clear message of consecration in each verse paired with an excellently joyful hymn tune makes for an infectious combination. Let these words usher your consecration into their “flow in ceaseless praise”
Last post, we sang #253 in Songs and Hymns of Life “Thy Life Was Giv’n For Me.” The original was written, “I Gave My Life For Thee.” Here Jesus is speaking to us and the poem has a different effect. Join us as we sing these powerful words.
“Thy Life Was Giv’n For Me” was written when she was just 22 and considers what the Lord Jesus had given up to be our Redeemer. Seeing that His sacrifice was very practical, affecting all aspects of His life, Havergal asks us with each verse: how practical is our consecration? Are there actions in our lives to live out the prayers we have offered?
As you sing the hymn below, consider pausing after a verse to reply to the questions the verse asks.
This is one of the oldest hymns in Songs and Hymns of Life, and it is also one of the most tender. It is excellent for singing early in the morning to draw out our love for the Lord. Join us as we dive into this ancient song!