Monday, September 18, 2006

Songs that Blessed Me Yesterday

I love Sundays. Often they are not really restful, but they are blessed. One of the songs we sang yesterday morning was "He Giveth More Grace." Interestingly, there was an article in our weekly periodical that told a bit of background for this great song. Jeanne Zornes tells the story of Annie Johnson Flint who wrote the words. She died in 1932. (Hubert Mitchell put it to music in 1941). Annie was orphaned at age six and raised by adoptive parents. She started writing poetry at age nine. She suffered from arthritis and by early adulthood was an invalid. In her constant pain, she knew how God "giveth and giveth and giveth again" or how God promises strength for the day. She also wrote "God Hath Not Promised Skies Always Blue."

Here are the words I love to sing:

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.
To added affliction He addeth His mercy;
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit;
His grace has no measure.
His pow'r has no boundary known unto man.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

In choir we sang the great newer song (1998) written by Roger Bennett, both words and music. He was a member of the Cathedrals, and is to this day struggling with leukemia. The song is simply called "Healing." When I sing it I think of Kevin and his healing from drug addiction. He is a new creation. All things are new. Here are the words:

The night was so dark, I felt in my heart my song had come to an end,
My spirit was willing but my body was weak,
I thought this is the way it would end.
But Jesus came in like a thief in the night,
He touched me and I was made whole,
My song did not end, it started over again,
And I want everybody to know
The story of my healing, O healing,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul;
The ills of my body were healed by the stripes on His back,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul.

My happiness gone, my day turned to night,
My soul was barren and dry;
The things of this world had all let me down,
Satan had me living a lie,
But then Jesus came, He heard my heart's cry,
He touched me and I was made whole,
His grace set me free, His love lifted me,
And I want everybody to know
The story of my healing, O healing,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul;
The ills of my body were healed by the stripes on His back,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul.

If you're in the valley of the shadow of death,
You think that your time is at hand,
Don't think for a moment He's forgotten your name,
At the crossing of Jordan true healing begins!

The ills of my body were healed by the stripes on His back,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul,
The Great Physician ministered healing to my soul.

Have a great week with a song in your heart!


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12 comments:

Tammy said...

Beautiful songs...thank you so much for the poignant stories behind them!

Pamela said...

What a lovely song. The sentiment is so true, and very powerful. Thanks for sharing the uplifting and endearing words with us.

MugwumpMom said...

They don't write them like they used to!
I enjoy Sundays as well. They're so wonderfully lazy!

PEA said...

The words to those two songs are so heartwarming and I also loved hearing the story behind them! Hugs!

Linda said...

Those lyrics are so beautiful. We love the old hymns. They certainly seem "inspired" to me. And we are huge Gospel Music fans and have seen the Cathedrals many times. They were very special. Thanks for posting that lovely reminder of God's grace. It certainly ministers to me.

Yellow Mama said...

I like you am ministered to a great deal through song. Go back and read Exodus 15...Moses and Miriam's songs. What a song of deliverance and extoling God's greatness. Powerful

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

What beautiful songs and inspiring people! Thanks for sharing their stories.

Maine Mom said...

I am in awe of people going through great pain and struggles who find strength in the Lord.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful, uplifting songs.

Kristen said...

Great songs, Mom!

I made it to my goal right as I was getting ready to post again. Thanks for the help in getting the word out!

Looney Mom said...

Thank you Dawn for your prayers in our current situation. I appreciate it more than I can express. God bless you.

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lori said...

Very nice post. Singing is one of the things I love to do most in life. It is hard to be in a bad mood if you are singing praise to God. Thank you for the songs.