Perhaps you think of this as a hymn about marriage. In researching, however, I found that it really speaks of the love between a Pastor and his congregation. It was written by John Fawcett, who was born in 1740 in Yorkshire, England. As a young tailor’s apprentice he became a Christian, and was often asked to speak at the Baptist church he attended. When he was 25 and newly wed, he was asked to pastor a small church in Wainsgate. The parish was quite poor, and often John and his wife were paid in potatoes and other produce. It was hard to make ends meet. After seven years at Wainsgate, he received a call from a larger, more prestigious congregation, able to pay him a much higher salary. The family packed up to leave, but in the end, his wife, Mary said she didn’t see how they could leave the people who had come to mean so much to them. John wrote this hymn as an expression of that love.