"My Way, My Life, My Light"
who is the believer's WAY and LIFE and LIGHT. The poet refers to images of
our Lord as revealed in the Gospel of John. Can you pick out the various
Bible passages that are embedded in these beautiful stanzas? (Hint: Start
with John 1:4 and don't forget chapters 9 (blind man healed), 11
(resurrection and the life), and 14 (the way, the truth, and the life).
MY WAY, MY LIFE, MY LIGHT
"Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face?" Job 13:24
Why dost Thou shade Thy lovely face? O why
Does that eclipsing hand so long deny
The sunshine of Thy soul-enlivening eye?
Without that Light, what light remains in me?
Thou art my Life, my Way, my Light; in Thee
I live, I move, and by Thy beams I see.
Thou art my life: if Thou but turn away,
My life's a thousand deaths: Thou art my Way;
Without Thee, Lord, I travel not, but stray.
My Light Thou art; without Thy glorious sight,
Mine eyes are darkened with perpetual night.
My God, Thou art my Way, my Life, my Light.
Thou art my Way; I wander, if Thou fly:
Thou art my Light; if hid, how blind am I!
Thou art my Life; if thou withdraw, I die.
Mine eyes are blind and dark, I cannot see;
To whom, or whither, should my darkness flee,
But to the Light? And who's that Light but Thee?
My path is lost; my wandering steps do stray;
I cannot safely go, nor safely stay;
Whom should I seek but Thee, my Path, my Way?
* * * * *
Thou art the pilgrim's Path; the blind man's Eye;
The dead man's Life; on Thee my hopes rely;
If Thou remove, I err, I grope, I die.
Disclose Thy sun-beams; close Thy wings, and stay:
See, see how I am blind, and dead, and stray,
O Thou, that art my Light, my Life, my Way.
- Francis Quarles (1592-1644), from A TREASURY OF CHRISTIAN VERSE, selected
and edited by Hugh Martin, SCM Press Ltd., 1959.
[This is very similar to a famous poem by Quarles' contemporary George
Herbert ("Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life"), once again referring to John's
Gospel (14:6). For the full poem, see WQOTW archives at <<
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina