Dottie Rambo, composer of “He Looked Beyond My Faults”
The Lenten Season is fast approaching. This holy season is considered the most important time of the year for us, Christians, to cultivate our spiritual being. During this period, we not only celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. More importantly, the season of Lent offers us the best opportunity to exult the relentless death and resurrection happening within us. That said, we come to conclude that the death and resurrection of Jesus is not just a past event in the ancient time, but an event taking place inside our hearts.
As we exert effort to continuously make the passage to new inner life, God remains at our side guiding us all throughout. And no matter how sinful we are, he never looked at our faults. Instead, He embraces us with His mighty love and fulfills our every need. Indulge our spirit in this moving song from Dottie Rambo called “He Looked Beyond My Faults.”
Stephen Akin rendering a soulful performance of the song
Brief Song Background
It was around 1970 when Dottie Rambo penned the lyrics of the gospel song “He Looked Beyond My Faults.” The completion of the song took place while Rambo was visiting her ill brother Eddie Luttrell in the hospital. After reading him the Bible and pray at his bedside, she would persuade him to give himself to Jesus. Looking at how he lived his life, Eddie said God would never accept him. Dottie then reminded her brother how the Lord left the 99 sheep to look for the one lost. After a concert at Ohio one day, Dottie was convinced that her brother has given his heart to the Lord. Immediately, he flew to him for a visit. At that time, Eddie told her that he gave his heart to Jesus and died shortly after. At Eddie’s funeral, Dottie sang the song and has sung it many times since then.
The song was set to the Irish tune of “Danny Boy” which is commonly called a Londonderry Air song. Part of its complicated history is a fact that some part of the melody has been in existence at around 1792.
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