Just as I Am

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This familiar hymn has taken on special meaning to me as a new mother. While I've always liked the song, it was never a favorite, perhaps because the tune is so simple.

But in the hours I've spent singing, rocking and praying my little one to sleep over the last few months, this song comes first to mind many nights.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..." and I want my son to know that. I want him to know that Jesus wants him just as he is.

Jesus wants him to come...

...on days when the little man feels he's been a good boy...

...on days when he is sad for a good reason, or no reason at all...

...on days when he is angry with Mommy or Daddy or a playmate...

...on days when he is angry with God...

...on days when he does well in school...

...on days when he gets a failing grade...

...on days when he knows he did something - or many things - he shouldn't have...

...on days when he has thoughts he's embarrassed to have God see...

...on days he just doesn't feel good enough...

And while I sing these words over him, I sing them to myself. Because God doesn't love me more when I do better. Despite everything I say to myself, God doesn't want me more when I share the Gospel with more people or watch fewer TV shows or read more Christian books or get everything on my to-do list done. He doesn't love me more on those days, and He doesn't love me less on days I'm ashamed of myself.

I can come to Him, just as I am, because He sees Jesus when He looks at me, and Jesus is the Beautiful One, the Shameless One, the Perfect One. I want my son to know that and I need to know that myself.

And I hope you know that you can come to Him just as you are and be loved because of Jesus. All because of Jesus.

Just as I am without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt
Fightings and fears within, without
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind
Sight, riches, healing of the mind
Yea, all I need in Thee I find
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve
Because Thy promise I believe
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone
O Lamb of God, I come
I come

Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove
Here for a season, then above
O Lamb of God, I come
I come!
~ Charlotte Elliott

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


  1. Such a lovely set of lyrics.

    Yes! We should all recognize that God love us as we are and not for what we do or fail to do.