When I was little, I went to a Lutheran school. Part of that education was singing hymns daily in class. Can you imagine?? But, yes it is true.
We would pull out our dark blue Lutheran Hymnals, we each had our very own stashed in our desks. The teacher would call on one person to pick the hymn. So, of course, we all wanted to make the selection.
I always picked the hymn below. Which, when I read the words now, as an adult, amazes me as it is such a somber song for a third grader. I loved it though. I loved the melody, the old fashion words and how they went together.
For some reason, it popped into my head tonight…and it is still one of my favorite hymn.
It is a comfort. It was when I was 8 years old and still is at… …well, you get the point. And that is exactly what these old songs have been doing for generations, providing comfort.
Abide With Me…
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, oh, abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see— O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour; What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness; Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies; Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
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