Fountainview Academy sing classic hymn ‘O Love That Will Not Let Me Go’ as part of their “God so Loved the World” DVD album in British Columbia, Canada. The song writer was George Matheson.
Matheson was completing his studies when he started to lose his eyesight and eventually became blind. Another tragedy happened to him, as while at University he had fallen in love with a girl, and they both planned to marry, but when he broke the news of his condition to her, she bluntly told him, “I do not want to be the wife of a blind man” and parted ways with him.
Years later the memory of that rejection came to mind on his sister’s wedding as he recalled the pain of and it was on that occasion that he penned ‘O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.’ He said that the whole song was written in just 5 minutes and did not need any correction and was from a source on high. George Matheson had experienced the true love of God in Jesus Christ as his Saviourn and began his ministry in 1868 at Innellan, near Dunoon. He preached and also wrote many books on spiritual matters which came to the attention of Queen Victoria and she invited him to preach at Balmoral.
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 borrowed ray,
That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
Fountainview Academy have touched our hearts as they sing that hymn with all sincerity, may the love of God which inspired Matheson to write this song, flood our hearts and wipe away every rejection from our hearts and mind that causes us any pain and sorrow.