This week is Holy Week, 2019. Our focus is on a great hymn of personal devotion and commitment. "Just as I Am" is our Hymn of the Week." Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) is the author. Ironically, though born into a family of devout believers, she doubted her own personal faith.
Just as You Are
Charlotte Elliott was the daughter of a successful English silk merchant. He regularly invited religious leaders to the family home. One of these guests was Swiss evangelist H. A. Cesar Malan. He powerfully influenced her faith. She confessed that she wanted to come to Christ but didn't know how. Malan said, "Why not come just as you are?" And Charlotte Elliott did just that. Shortly thereafter, she wrote her beloved hymn of commitment, "Just as I Am."
Lyrics and Music
Charlotte Elliott, wrote only the lyrics, not the music of "Just as I Am." She wrote them in what is known as "long meter"--stanzas consisting of four lines of eight syllables each. Theoretically, "Just as I Am" may be sung with any music in the same meter. Interestingly, in England, it is often linked with the tune, "Saffron Walden," by Arthur Henry Brown. But in the United States, "Woodworth," by William Bradbury (1816-1868) is the tune of choice. Indeed, most of us would identify, "Woodworth," as "Just as I Am."
Videos to Watch: One Hymn - Two Performances
"Just as I Am" stands the test of time. Consequently, it continues to inspire today, as it has since its first publication in 1836. And the music magnifies the lyrics.
Click below for two different performances of our hymn. Aaron Shust sings in a contemporary style in one. In the other, George Beverly Shea sings a more traditional presentation.
Both powerfully demonstrate the Faith Music Connection!
Have a most Blessed Easter!
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