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Today I have again been appreciating the theology of songs.  In particular, Just as I am. Written by Charlotte Elliot who was born in 1789; lived 79 years (1871) and I am confident when she breathed her last here went straight to JESUS.

The song consists of 6 stanzas. (source)

1.	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. 

2.	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. 

3.	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. 

4.	Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; 
	sight, riches, healing of the mind, 
	yea, all I need in thee to find, 
	O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

5.	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. 

6.	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.

 Verses One. Just as I am. No excuses for Charlotte. No waiting to clean up her act – just as I am, warts and all – come to JESUS. No works of my own will save me – just the Blood of JESUS. That’ll preach! That’ll set a soul free!

Verse Two. Today. Right now. Not waiting for a more convenient time. (see Acts 24:25) Today the soul can be rid, how did she write it – one dark blot.  

What do you think she meant – one dark blot? 

And doesn’t she go on to write: to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot?

Is there a one dark blot that generates many spots; many spots that must be cleansed to free a soul?

Would you humor me by mulling this over for a day or so and meet me back here tomorrow? 🙂

In the meantime allow the HOLY SPIRIT to give these lyrics fresh anointing. 

Day 237 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.



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Kathie Whitestone Thompson

Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.

3 replies

  1. As much as I love contemporary Christian music, I love the old hymns just as much. I learned to play the piano on the old hymns. They speak deeply into my soul, and none more than ‘Just As I Am’. That is how we come to Jesus…that is how He takes us. Just as we are. Lovely post, my friend.


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