Many, many years ago, three young women (sometimes more, but these three were the “core” for much of the time) met once a week to pray together,  and to be accountable to each other.  We met at my friend, Etta Fern’s kitchen table and she and Marilyn and I, with our children playing happily somewhere in the house, experienced friendship and God in miraculous ways.  The years have taken us many miles from each other, but this morning’s Sunday School lesson brought back to me those days, as I remembered the song which we sang together nearly every time we got together.  



By Thomas O. Chisholm

O! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,

This is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,

Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.


O! to be like Thee, O! to be like Thee,

Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;

Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness

Stamp Thine own image deep in my heart.

O! to be like Thee, full of compassion,

Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,

Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,

Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.


O! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,

Holy and harmless, patient and brave;

Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,

Willing to suffer, others to save.


O! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,

Now to receive th’anointing divine,

All that I am and have I am bringing,

Lord, from the moment all shall be Thine.

O! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,

Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,

Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,

Fit me for life and Heaven above.


Marilyn Showalter and Etta Fern Miller — if you are out there somewhere and reading this — I want you to know that those mornings together, the prayers and the tears and the music are so much a part of who I am today, and I remember with gratefulness the contribution you two had on my life.  I will always love you!



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4 responses to “

  1. I LOVE this song! My sisters and I sang it many, many times.

  2. it is very precious to me that you put that kind of thoughts into your heart.  you are one of the most authentic Christians i know.  i love you and believe in the power of God–i see it lived out in your life.  thanks for being faithful.

  3. Awesome prayer-song.  Lifelong goal!

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