I’ve been listening to Sufjan Steven’s Christmas albums a lot, and one of my favorite songs on his album, Songs for Christmas, is his version of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. It was a hymn originally written by pastor Robert Robinson in 1757, and in verse four he writes:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
"The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace, are based on 1 Samuel 7:12, in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (KJV). The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer, meaning Stone of Help. The unusual word “Ebenezer” commonly appears in hymnal presentations of the lyrics.”
It’s a beautiful hymn that reminds us of how human we are, but ultimately how vast God’s love and grace is.