We sing a hymn in nearly every service and in nearly every church without knowing where and why it came about.
Charlotte Elliot (1789-1871) has this story to tell how “Just As I Am” came about.
Charlotte seemed to have everything going for her as a young woman. She was gifted as a portrait artist and also as a writer of humorous verse. Then in her early thirties, she suffered a serious illness that left her weak and depressed. During her illness, a noted minister, Dr. César Malan of Switzerland, came to visit her. Noticing her depression, he asked if she had peace with God. She resented the question and said she did not want to talk about it. But a few days later she apologized to Dr. Malan. She said that she wanted to clean up some things in her life before becoming a Christian. Dr. Malan looked at her and answered “Come just as you are.”
That was enough for Charlotte and she yielded herself to the Lord that day. Fourteen years later, remembering those words spoken to her by Dr. Malan in Brighton, England, she wrote this simple hymn that has been used to touch the hearts of millions who have responded to that invitation just to come as you are. Question? Have you come to Christ just as you are?
First I want to applaud certain councilmen for standing up to the public of Ada and voicing their support of our city manager and encouraing him to follow the requests of our fine city.
I do have one request that needs immediate attention. It seems that me and my family reside on a very hot spot in town — East 7th and North Francis Streets. I believe the speed limit in a residential area is 25 MPH not a speeding 50-plus. North and South bound do have a stop sign on Francis but autos continually come by with a rushing, mighty speed. Those who do notice the two stop signs hardly ever come to a complete stop but proceed with a “rolling stop” which is also as unlawful as not stopping at all. Then they are on their speedy way. The traffic on these streets is very heavy since we are two blocks east of “fast foods” on Mississippi and one block from a very busy street — East Highland Street which goes directly to East Central on the South. We have a lot of students, older citizens, young children and developmentally disabled who walk on these streets.