Season’s Greetings Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Zechariah 9-10 and Revelation 17
Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone. Zechariah 10:1
When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. – C.S. Lewis
Today’s Song Story
Abide With Me
Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) was an Anglican clergyman who served nearly half his life as vicar of a church at Brixham, a fishing village in Devonshire, on the southwest coast of England (he died at the age of 54, and served that congregation for 24 years).
Lyte had shown promise as a poet even as a child, and wrote religious poetry and hymns throughout his life. However, it was only near the end of his life that he wrote the hymn that would make him famous –– "Abide with Me."
During the last years of his life, Lyte suffered from tuberculosis, the disease that would eventually take his life. A few weeks before his death, he preached his last sermon at Brixham. He rested that afternoon, and upon arising took a walk on the beach. He then retired to his study, and emerged with his poem, "Abide with Me," in his hand.
It seems clear that death was on his mind as he took his walk that afternoon. He was leaving the Brixham congregation because his poor health would no longer permit him to carry on an active ministry there. It must have been clear to him that he was dying. And so he wrote:
"Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me."
The poem is lovely in both language and sentiment –– but it seems odd that a hymn about death could become as popular as this one. But on closer observation, the reason seems clear. This hymn speaks to us, not only about death, but also about life. It assures us of God’s presence and help in life and in death. As it says in the last line of the last verse:
"In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."
"In life, in death!" It is not just in death that we need the Lord, but in life as well. And so, when we sing this hymn, we repeat again and again, "Abide with me" –– a prayer for God’s presence and a prayer for God’s help.
–– Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan
Billboard’s Countdown of the Top 50 Christian Songs of 2012
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Beautiful You – Trent Monk
Steady My Heart – Kari Jobe
Who Are You – Unspoken
You Are I Am – MercyMe
Need You Now (How Many Times) – Plumb
Our God’s Alive – Andy Cherry
I’m Alive – Peter Fuler
We Are – Kari Jobe
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