BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS written in 1782
John Fawcett was orphaned when he was 12 years old, and was forced to work 14 hours/day in a sweatshop. He was ordained a Baptist minister at the age of 25. He began his ministry at a poor church in Wainsgate, England. The small congregation could only afford to pay him a minimal salary, partly in potatoes and wool.
After 7 years of ministry, John received a call to the prestigious Carter’s Lane Church in London, England; it was quite a promotion! All his personal belongings were packed onto the wagons outside the church. But, as he was saying his goodbyes, he saw the tears on the faces of the people he was leaving. As a result, he changed his mind and decided to stay.
Not long after that, John wrote this hymn for his congregation at Wainsgate. He recognized that the bond of love he experienced there was worth more than any material wealth. He and his wife, Mary, ministered in that small church for 54 years!
John died in 1817, at the age of 77.
Read this hymn, and use it to show gratitude for the church family (or families) God has blessed you with.
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one… our comforts and our cares.
We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear;
and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.
This glorious hope revives our courage by the way;
while each in expectation lives, and longs to see the day.
From sorrow, toil and pain, and sin, we shall be free,
and perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity.