Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why "Prone To Wander" ?

I have been asked about the significance of the phrase "Prone To Wander".  In my ignorance, I guess I thought most folk would know that it comes from the words of the hymn "Come thou fount of every blessing". One particular verse is my favorite:

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
It was written by Robert Robinson in 1757, and is a handy reminder to me of how hopeless and lost I am without God's goodness and accompanying "binding", for I fear I have nothing good of my own to offer...

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