It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one who struggles with spiritual hard-heartedness. Gadsby’s Hymns, a collection of hymns published in the mid-1800’s, has been a constant companion to me since the mid-90’s. Last night I stumbled upon this hymn (#1117) by Kelly (no first name), based on Ephesians 3:19, “The love of Christ…passes knowledge”:
Lord, dissolve my frozen heart
By the beams of love divine;
This alone can warmth impart,
To dissolve a heart like mine.
O that love, how vast it is!
Vast it seems, though known in part;
Strange indeed, if love like this
Should not melt the frozen heart.
Saviour, let thy love be felt,
Let its power be felt by me,
Then my frozen heart shall melt,
Melt in love, O Lord, to thee.