Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth; – Job 19:25
For the believer in Jesus, every trial of suffering is an opportunity to grow in the faith, to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and to see Him work in our lives in a uniquely personal way that demonstrates His compassion, His comfort, His tender mercies, His loving kindnesses, His grace, and His endless love. Only God knows what each of us needs to experience and learn in order to be "conformed to the image of his Son". – T. A. McMahon
Todays Song Story
Children of the Heavenly Father
Lina Sandell, the author of this hymn, was a Lutheran pastor’s daughter in Froderyd, Sweden. She was a "daddy’s girl" –– very close to her father. As a child, she enjoyed playing quietly in her father’s study as he worked.
Lina began writing hymns at an early age. Then, when she was 26 years old, tragedy struck. She and her father were passengers in a boat crossing Lake Vattern when the boat lurched and her father fell overboard. As Lina watched in horror, her father drowned before anyone could mount a rescue effort.
When tragedy strikes, some people allow it to destroy them, but Lina’s faith saw her through the tragedy. Her grief gave her music a new depth and sensitivity.
During her lifetime, Lina wrote 650 hymns. "Children of the Heavenly Father" is the one that is most familiar to English-speaking congregations. Many people will also recognize the hymn that begins with the words, "Day by day and with each passing moment, Strength I find to meet my trials here" –– a hymn of quiet assurance.
The hymn, "Children of the Heavenly Father," offers that same kind of quiet assurance. It speaks of resting safely in the father’s bosom –– of the Father tending and nourishing his children and protecting them from evil.
Listen to this verse, and imagine Lina thinking of her father’s death as she wrote it. "Neither life nor death shall ever/ From the Lord His children sever;/ Unto them His grace He showeth,/ And their sorrows all He knoweth."
–– Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan
Today’s Worship Songs
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Awaken – Sarah Reeves
A World Away – Avalon
A Million Raindrops – Bebo Norman
Jesus Lover of My Soul – Hillsong
Give It All Away – Aaron Shust
What Only You Can Do – Misty Edwards
Growing – Wayne Watson
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