You may or may not be aware that one of my favourite pieces of Salvation Army band music is William Himes’ Procession To Covenant.
I love the music and the words we associate with the melody.
O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be. O light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee; my heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day may brighter, fairer be. O joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain that morn shall tearless be. O cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee; I lay in dust life’s glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red life that shall endless be.
For me I think it’s the words of such reassurance that no matter what I do, or where I go, God ‘will not let me go’, through times of joy and times of despair, that I really love. We can often find ourselves being let down by those who say they will always be there for us, but ultimately, when we need them, they are nowhere to be found.
Thank goodness for God, as without his reassurance to always be there for us, where would be be?