Heart-Warming Story

28 Jan

“My Jesus I Love Thee” was a song written by William Featherson. He penned the words at the age of 16 years old, shortly after his conversion in 1862. William sent the text to his aunt and it later appeared in a London Hymnbook. However, in 1876 Adoniram Gordon put the text to the music that we sing today. William was a young man who lived only a short life on this earth; he entered heaven’s gates shortly before his 27th birthday. However, he left us with a song that continues to draw multitudes closer to the cross of Christ as we set our sights on that of heaven rather than that of earth.

I found this powerful, heart-warming story about “My Jesus I Love Thee” and I thought you would enjoy it as well:

“A young, talented and tender-hearted actress was passing along the street of a large city. Seeing a pale, sick girl lying upon a couch just within the half-open door of a beautiful dwelling, she entered, with the thought that by her vivacity and pleasant conversation she might cheer the young invalid. The sick girl was a devoted Christian, and her words, her patience, her submission and heaven-lit countenance, so demonstrated the spirit of her religion that the actress was led to give some earnest thought to the claims of Christianity, and was thoroughly converted, and became a true follower of Christ.

She told her father, the leader of the theater’s show, of her conversion, and of her desire to abandon the stage, stating that she could not live a consistent Christian life and follow the life of an actress. Her father was astonished beyond measure, and told his daughter that their living would be lost to them and their business ruined, if she persisted in her resolution. Loving her father dearly, she was shaken somewhat in her purpose, and partially consented to fill the published engagement to be met in a few days. She was the star of the show, and a general favorite. Every preparation was made for the play in which she was to appear. The evening came and the father rejoiced that he had won back his daughter, and that their living was not to be lost.

The hour arrived; a large audience had assembled. The curtain rose, and the young actress stepped forward firmly amid the applause of the multitude. But an unwonted light beamed from her beautiful face. Amid the breathless silence of the audience, she repeated:

‘My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.’

This was all. Through Christ she had conquered and, leaving the audience in tears, she retired from the stage, never to appear upon it again. Through her influence her father was converted, and through their united evangelistic labors many were led to God.”

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10 Responses to “Heart-Warming Story”

  1. Joy January 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Wow, that is beautiful! What a powerful testimony of the power of Christ to change a life so completely and give His child the strength to love Him with her all.

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Lauren Christine January 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Thankyou for sharing that story! I love that hymn.

  3. Anna January 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    I have heard that story before, and was glad to be reminded of it! I love that hymn too.

  4. April Olivia January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    What a beautiful story and an amazing stand for Christ.

  5. cypress1948 January 29, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I agree!! That was a powerful story!! You also have a strong Christian influence! YOUR influence is going to grow also!!

  6. cypress1948 January 29, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    out of courisity ,(sp), who is the girl in the picture?

  7. Matt Bullen January 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Sara, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

  8. Kaylene January 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    a beautiful story of one of my favorite songs!

  9. cypress1948 January 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Yhe Lord is blessing me and my friend! We have been working on our screenplay!!

  10. Jana Brannon January 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Hey Sara!…this is Jana…one of your journey girls back in 09…please contact my pastor, Matthew Bullen, as soon as possible…thank you…love you and miss you
    soli deo gloria,
    Jana

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