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April 23, 2009

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Filed under: Jesus — sashyjane @ 4:23 pm

jesus-shepherdI absolutely love this picture.  I ran across it in a Google image search for something else and was completely dumbstruck by it.  The person who posted it didn’t credit the photo so I don’t know what it’s called or even the artist’s name but I am completely in awe of its sweetness and purity. *

I love how Jesus is so tenderly hugging the lamb.  You can see that He loves this fragile little creature so much that He is willing to die (evident by the nail piercing in His hand) to protect it.  What struck me as even more beautiful was how the lamb is snuggled in so tightly and obviously loves his master and protector. The lamb trusts Jesus entirely and knows to rest securely in His loving arms.  That thought brings me to tears.  Far too often, I feel the loving arms of Christ wrapping around me and I kick and flail and push Him away.  Oh to be like this trusting lamb! How I long to rest soundly in the arms of my protector and keeper with that look of comfort and satisfaction on my soul.

O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go

O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee; my heart restores its burrowed ray, that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day may brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that mourn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee; I lay in dust life’s glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red life that shall endless be.

George Matheson (1882) and Albert L. Peace (1884)

** Estute commenter Jana discovered that the drawing is by artist Katherine Brown.  Thanks, Jana!



  1. I love this! The sheep looks so snuggly and soft and Jesus looks so loving. I love visuals for the truth! Very glad you shared this, and I’ve seen this image before so I’ll try to find out who created it.

    Comment by Susie Mae — April 24, 2009 @ 12:41 am

  2. The picture is from Katherine Brown and she drew it in 1982. Perhaps this information will help you to find the picture!

    Comment by Jana — September 3, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  3. Wow this is beautiful and your words are great God bless you and please pray for me because i “kick and flail and push Him away” just as you wrote.
    God bless you : )
    have a nice day.

    Comment by Bemwa — June 5, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

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