Monday, February 15, 2010
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
For over two hundred years, Christian people, with their hearts full of emotion, have sung, Blest Be the Tie That Binds. At SHBC, oftentimes tearfully, we have sung this lovely hymn at the close of our Lord's Supper Service.
The song began in tears. Dr John Fawcett was the beloved pastor of a small church in Wainsgate, England. In 1772 he received a "call" to become the pastor of a large church in London. He accepted the call from this prestigious church in the capital city of England and preached his farewell sermon to a congregation of crushed and sorrowing parishioners.
The scheduled day of departure arrived. Outside the parsonage, the waiting wagons were loaded up with books, furniture, and other goods of the pastor and his wife. Finally all preparations were complete, and the pastor and his wife were ready to depart. The members of the congregation, who had truly become like "family" to the Fawcetts, gathered around the couple. In a sincere outpouring of affection and emotion, and with eyes full of tears, the people begged them to stay.
The pastor's wife looked at him and with quivering voice said, "Oh John, John I cannot bear this."
"Neither can I," exclaimed the good pastor, "and we will not go. Unload the wagons and put everything as it was before."
The pastor's decision brought shouts of joy and thanksgiving from all present. The whole congregation joined in a great spontaneous celebration
In commemoration of this touching event, Dr. John Fawcett wrote the words of this hymn:
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.
What a wonderful tie there is that binds us together in Christian love. I have had the privilege to build relationships with Christians from all over the world, and always there has been that wonderful "oneness."
Blest be the tie that binds.