Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.
That hymn was written by the well-known churchman and theologian Albert B. Simpson (1843-1919). The first time I heard it I thought to myself, How profound! How God-centered and how refreshing that the spiritual journey is to move from focusing on the benefits to the great romance and beauty of knowing the Author and Giver of life! Heaven, if it means anything, will mean being in the presence of the Ultimate Being, not BEING the ultimate.
Today’s spirituality actually would reverse the thought to:
Once it was the Lord, Now it is the blessing
Once it was His Word, Now it is the feeling
Once I knew the Giver, Now the gifts I own
Once I sought Himself, Now it is the healing of my “self” alone.