Here’s an excerpt from Faithfulness in the Little Things Where We Are Called, David Mathis’ contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk:
Henry had a derelict father who distracted himself with fishing and hunting. Lazy and irresponsible, he sent young Henry off to boarding school, left him to be taken in by the headmaster, and came to sign his letters “Uncle” instead of “Father.” And yet for Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), who would grow up to become a good pastor and celebrated poet, the gospel of Christ redeemed what it means to have a Father, labor under His warm smile, call on Him as “Abba,” and long to see Him face-to-face. Such steadying gladness inspired Lyte to write “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken,” a poem so Godward and soul-stirring it was put to music for corporate singing. And despite his troubled beginnings, when Lyte himself came to die, his final recorded words were “Peace! Joy!”
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