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“Dusty my soul tonight.
Earth has been dear.
Bewildered, I come to You,
Father God, hear.
Idols that charm me,
dreams that allure,
pains that alarm me,
suspense to endure,
memories that linger,
thoughts that ensnare,
a heart that is aching,
all crumbled by care,
unsatisfied, restless,
scarce able to pray —
everything, everything,
take it away.
Only You,
none but You,
Jesus alone:
ashes the rest to me,
songs with a groan,
take them each one away —
mind not my tears —
lift me above this earth’s
joys and its fears,
give me Yourself alone —
nothing beside —
so will I be with You,
content,
satisfied!”

~ “Only You”
by Ruth Bell Graham, 1992

I discovered a website this afternoon.. all about Ruth Bell Graham. Honestly, it is one of the best websites I have ever seen. It is devoted to sharing her heart for God and others, and it is so inspiring. The stories of her life, how she would go out of her way to help somebody, with no concern for if it put her in danger show how real her walk with God was. There are so many pictures of her and her family, and memories shared by her family and friends. I so wish I could have met her, but that will have to wait until heaven.

This poem was on the site, and it so reiterates to me where her heart was. To let go of everything else and be content solely with God. It’s so easy to say, yet.. not so simple to do, with all the world to get in the way. I am so easily distracted. Caught up in the chaos of each day. The simple honesty of Ruth’s words here touched my heart in such a unique way when I read them that I had to share them. They just deserved to be shared. Others need to see her heart too.

I want to be drawn in by her vision. I want to have the passion for life and for God that Ruth had. The purpose she had, the joy, the love… She was such an amazing woman of God. I only hope that when I die I am remembered¬†for a fraction of the purity and integrity that she is.