The Story Behind Take My Life, and Let it Be
Frances Havergal (1836-1879) created one of the classic hymns of Christian commitment. Referred to as the "consecration poet," Havergal strived to live a life fully dedicated to Christ and to those she saw in any physical or spiritual need.
We know that Havergal's spiritual journey began early in her life, memorizing passages in the Bible at age 4 and writing verse by age seven. She was nurtured by her father, an Anglican clergyman, also devoted to Christian hymnody. Though Havergal's health was frail and she lived barely 43 years, she learned several modern languages as well as Hebrew and Greek. She was also a singer of some note and known as an accomplished pianist.
This hymn of total dedication to Christ seems to cover every aspect of submission to him. Each line begins with the compulsory verb "Take," giving the sense of a continual prayer of petition.
Popular Hymn Lyrics with Story and Meaning
Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment
Jesus Loves Me
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty