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A Word with Alumni

Cindra Stackhouse Taetzsch ’82 Senior Director for Vocation and Alumni Engagement Executive Director, Wheaton College Alumni Association

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Every January 1, I spend a couple of hours looking back over my family and work calendars from the previous year, an annual ritual that reminds me how faithful God has been. This year, a look back at my calendars reminded me of why I am so weary—and more than ever, how faithful God continues to be. I know that many of you are also experiencing deep weariness after the exhausting events of the last year. So, instead of sharing more of my own thoughts, here is something much better: a familiar and comforting Scripture verse and words from a hymn written in the mid-18th century by English hymnwriter and minister Joseph Hart, “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy.”

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy Weak and wounded, sick and sore Jesus ready, stands to save you Full of pity, love and power

I will arise and go to Jesus He will embrace me in His arms In the arms of my dear Savior Oh, there are ten thousand charms

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome God’s free bounty glorify True belief and true repentance Every grace that brings you nigh

Come, ye weary, heavy-laden Lost and ruined by the fall If you tarry ‘til you’re better You will never come at all

I will arise and go to Jesus He will embrace me in His arms In the arms of my dear Savior Oh, there are ten thousand charms

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