Fredrick A. Blom, 1867-1927

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
I Corinthians 2:9

Out of the repentant heart of a backslidden Swedish pastor came this deeply emotional and vividly worded hymn, which expresses his renewed faith in God. After serving as the minister of several churches, Fredrick Arvid Blom somehow chose to live a life of deep sin and even was in prison for a time. "I drifted from God," he explained, "and became embittered with myself, the world, and not the least with ministers who looked on me with suspicion because I was a member of the Socialist Party." Then like a "dove when hunted" or a "wounded fawn", Blom cried out in anguish to his heavenly Father, Who in "love divine" forgave him and healed his broken heart and life. From this restoration came this lovely text which has since comforted many sorrowful hearts with the assurance of a never-ending divine love and a promise of an eternal heavenly Home. God's people need not fear death. Instead we ought to view it as the beginning of a new form of life--the entering into an eternal abode with our loving Savior, Who will Himself open Heaven's gate to welcome us Home.

Love divine, so great and wondrous,
Deep and mighty, pure sublime!
Coming from the heart of Jesus,
Just the same through tests of time.

Like a dove when hunted, frightened,
As a wounded fawn was I;
Brokenhearted, yet He healed me,
He will heed the sinnerís cry.

Love divine, so great and wondrous,
All my sins He then forgave!
I will sing His praise forever,
For His blood, His power to save.

In lifeís eventide, at twilight,
At His door Iíll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus
I shall enter Heavenís gate.

He the pearly gates will open,
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption
And forgave me all my sin.

*For Today*: John 14:2 & 3; II Corinthians 5:1, 6, & 8; Revelation 7:9, 16, & 17

Try to comfort someone who is ill or fearful of death with the strong promises of Scripture that remind us of the welcome in Heaven awaiting each true believer in Christ. Or, if you have opportunity, try to reassure someone who has been away from God that there is forgiveness and divine love for all who will truly repent and seek forgiveness and fellowship with God.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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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