Streams of Mercy

By: Kristen L. McNulty

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Robert Robinson was an English clergyman who lived in the 18th century. Not only was he a gifted pastor and preacher he was also a highly gifted poet and hymn writer. However, after many years in the pastorate his faith began to drift. He left the ministry and finished up in France, indulging himself in sin.

One night he was riding in a carriage with a woman who had recently been converted to Christ. She was interested in his opinion on some poetry she was reading: Come thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing thy grace, Streams of mercy never failing, Call for hymns of loudest praise.

When she looked up from her reading the socialite noticed Robinson was crying.

"What do I think of it?" he asked in a broken voice. "I wrote it. But now I've drifted away from him and can't find my way back."

"But don't you see" the woman said gently, "The way back is written right here in the third line of your poem: Streams of mercy never ceasing. Those streams are flowing even here in Paris tonight."

That night Robinson recommitted his life to Christ.

Today, I share this story with you to illustrate the power of God's forgiveness- the same forgiveness that He offers to you right here and right now. No matter where you are and no matter how far you've wandered from God- He still loves you and forgives you.

The key- all you have to do is ask. Whatever you're doing right now. Stop and ask for His forgiveness. Maybe you're a Christian who has drifted away, maybe you're someone who has never opened their hearts to God, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you are God's creation and He loves you very much.

Pray with me:
Lord Jesus,

I know that I'm a sinner and that I've messed up, but I come before you and ask for Your forgiveness. Come into my heart and make it new. Take away my sin and my shame and fill me with Your Holy Spirit.

I believe that you are God Jesus and I want you to help me to change my life.

In your name I pray,

If you prayer that with me, right now heaven's throwing a party because the Bible says all of heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. If you've prayed with me, I'd love to hear from you and send you some free stuff to help you grow in your faith. Email me at

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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.