~* EVEN ME *~
Elizabeth Codner, 1824-1919

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.
Psalm 72:6

The spiritual blessings of a Spirit-filled life are intended for every believer, not just for a favored few. The author of this hymn text was Elizabeth Codner, the wife of an Anglican clergyman. She was having her personal devotions one day when she became deeply impressed with a verse of Scripture, Ezekiel 34:26--And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.. Mrs. Codner thought about the importance of water in the dry country and related this to the necessity of the daily refreshment of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures in the obedient believer's life.

When she was still contemplating this truth, a group of young people from the parish called on her and told her the news of their recent trip to Ireland. They related that certain cities and areas of the Emerald Isle had experienced a spiritual awakening during the time of their visit. The young people were thrilled to have been witnesses of this event. As they were describing their experience, Mrs. Codner began to pray that these young men would not be content merely to have been spectators of the Holy Spirit's ministry but would also desire a genuine outpouring of His power in their individual lives. With the words of Ezekiel 34:26 in mind, she challenged them with the remark, "While the Lord is pouring out such showers of blessing upon others, pray that some drops will fall on you."

The following Lord's Day, Mrs. Codner stayed home from church because of illness; and with the impact of the young people's experience still fresh in her mind, she penned the challenging words to this hymn.

Lord, I hear of showers of blessing,
Thou art scattering full and free;
Showers the thirsty land refreshing;
Let some drops now fall on me;
Even me, even me,
Let some drops now fall on me.

Pass me not, O God, my Father,
Sinful though my heart may be;
Thou mightst leave me, but the rather;
Let Thy mercy light on me;
Even me, even me,
Let Thy mercy light on me.

Pass me not, O gracious Savior,
Let me live and cling to Thee;
I am longing for Thy favor;
Whilst Thouírt calling, O call me;
Even me, even me,
Whilst Thouírt calling, O call me.

Pass me not, O mighty Spirit!
Thou canst make the blind to see;
Witnesser of Jesusí merit,
Speak the Word of power to me;
Even me, even me,
Speak the Word of power to me.

Have I been in sin long sleeping,
Long been slighting, grieving Thee?
Has the world my heart been keeping?
O forgive and rescue me;
Even me, even me,
O forgive and rescue me.

Love of God, so pure and changeless,
Blood of Christ, so rich and free;
Grace of God, so strong and boundless
Magnify them all in me;
Even me, even me,
Magnify them all in me.

Pass me not; but pardon bringing,
Bind my heart, O Lord, to Thee;
Whilst the streams of life are springing,
Blessing others, O bless me;
Even me, even me,
Blessing others, O bless me.

*For Today*: Psalm 72; Ezekiel 34:26-31; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:4

Recall and reflect on individuals whose lives have strongly evidenced the Holy Spirit's presence and power. Ask God in faith to make this your portion as well.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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