Sunday Reflections Hymn: Just As I AM

Original Lyrics from Charlotte Elliot, 1835

Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove
Here for a season, then above,
-O Lamb of God, I come

Charlotte wrote this hymn after a tormenting night. She laud awake most of the evening before a Bazaar that would raise funds for the daughters of clergymen to attend higher education. She wrestled with feelings of utter uselessness. These transitioned in to questioning God and faith and what was even real. The next day while resting, the thoughts came back at her strongly. To stop them she changed focus from the doubts of her emotions to the certainties of her salvation.