I came across this poem by Henry Francis Lyte. The first two verses are:
Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide!
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day!
Earth’s joys grow dim, in glories pass away,
Change and decay in all around I see,
O thou, who changest nor, abide with me!
Mr. Lyte wrote this poem 2 weeks before his death. What caused him to write his poem? When we are close to the end of our life the curtain between this world and the next grows thin, and causes us to look for something we can hold on to. Mr. Lyte was looking for a rock, and he found the rock to be Jesus Christ.
Where does one find Jesus? We find him in Bible verses such as “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” In such verses we find the perfect answer to the questions a person has when death draws near.
In this verse we see that Christ was always alive. Christ was at the beginning. Christ will be at the ending. Christ is unchanging, never destroyed, and never weary. We may tire, but no matter how tired we may be, he never tires, and never fails. No one who ever walks with Christ found themselves bored, for He is forever bringing to them new surprises that amaze them. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.