And Can It Be

I would like to share with you one of my favorite hymns and 
perfect for this Easter Season. 

Sing loudly and make a joyful noise unto our Lord 
praising His amazing love for us!

1. And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood! Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 2. 'Tis mystery all: th' Immortal dies! Who can explore his strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine. 'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more. 'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more. 3. He left his Father's throne above (so free, so infinite his grace!), emptied himself of all but love, and bled for Adam's helpless race. 'Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me! 'Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me! 4. Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature's night; thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; my chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. 5. No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine; alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine, bold I approach th' eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own. Bold I approach th' eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own. The lyrics were from hymnsite
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36 thoughts on “And Can It Be

  1. Patty, did you know this is my favorite hymn of all? The first time I ever heard it, probably the early 1990’s, I cried when we got to verse four. That is exactly how I felt and what I did when the truth was revealed to me. Powerful, wonderful, amazing hymn. So glad you shared it.

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      1. I’m fine with singing it, until we get to “Long my imprisoned spirit lay ….” I go right back to that day of days in my life when “My chains fell off, my heart was free. I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” Amen.

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      2. That is where I am today, my chains are falling off and I am going forward as I follow God. Makes your heart just about burst from all of His love doesn’t it?

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  2. What resonated with me are the lines,
    “My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed thee. ”

    What could we do to hold this awareness in our day to day challenges? I believe this mindset can make the difference between commitment versus merely trying.

    Shakti

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  3. For many years I had “And Can it be” listed as one of my funeral hymns. I still love it (especially “my chains fell off . . .”) However, nowadays not many people would know it or be able to sing it, and I have replaced it with Stuart Townend’s “In Christ Alone”

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