The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: Holding Fast

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.

I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

~Ada Habershon

Many a night I woke to the murmur of paper and knew (Dad) was up, sitting in the kitchen with frayed King James – oh, but he worked that book; he held to it like a rope ladder.
~Leif Enger in Peace Like a River

Some nights of sleep are like that. 

My footing underneath is loose and my feet are slipping.  I have the distinct feeling of plummeting while lying completely still in bed.  I have the need to grab hold of something, anything, in order to avoid free falling… to what?  to where?  My dream is so vivid, the sudden descent so visceral, I wake sweating with my heart racing.

So I grab fast to the Word because it holds fast to me –a woven rope of faith– frayed though it may be with nicks and scars and scorches, meant for clinging for safety. 

It is a ladder to security, challenging to ascend, difficult to hold on to without accumulating blisters and scrapes along the way.  The going is tough, sometimes too daunting for my limitations.  The familiar ground below appears farther and farther away but I have a safety harness on.

So I keep going, hand over hand, page over page, word beside word.  There is only up now.  It is the only way.

This year’s Lenten theme for Barnstorming is a daily selection from songs and hymns about Christ’s profound sacrifice on our behalf.

If we remain silent about Him, the stones themselves will shout out and start to sing (Luke 19:40).

In His name, may we sing…

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.
He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.
For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;

Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!

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2 thoughts on “The Stones Themselves Will Start to Sing: Holding Fast

  1. Today’s post reminds me of a TV news program from years ago: “You Are There”!
    Your graphic description of the ‘dream’ seems so real in its frightening possible reality:

    “I grab fast to THE WORD.,, ”
    “…iT IS A LADDER TO SECURITY,,,….
    difficult to hold on to…
    …”the going is tough…but I have a safety harness on
    so I keep going….
    “There is only ‘UP’ now.
    ”IT IS THE ONLY WAY.”

    Yes, this IS the only way. HIS WAY — Safely Home to Him!
    No med ‘downers’ to help us cope or to deny the perilous situation.
    Just a transforming, powerful, assuring FAITH STATEMENT —
    lovingly bestowed by the Holy Spirit during times of doubt and uncertainty,
    and the fear that we are alone and in spiritual darkness — a re-iteration of His Promise that
    He is with us always.

    Thank you for this reminder, dear Emily

    Like

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