Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Day by Day

Music. I listen to music while I write, usually a movie soundtrack. I listen to music in the car, usually a country station or one of my cds. I listen to music when I clean the house.

I grew up in the Church, so I grew up with music. Great hymns of the faith, choruses, children's songs, instrumental. Singing in the choir at school and at church. Music.

My family, my kids especially, marvel at the number of songs I know. Quirky, silly, deep, classic. I know all kinds.

But some of my favorites are hymns. And one of my favorites is the hymn "Day by Day."

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

The Swedish original text of this hymn was written in 1865 by Carolina Sandell, a prolific hymn writer. Though she wrote hymns throughout her life, she was especially productive in the years following the sudden drowning of her father, which she witnessed in 1858. “Day by Day” is one of two hymns for which she is widely known in America; the other is “Children of the Heavenly Father.”

Do you have a favorite hymn?

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  1. So many favorite hymns, which one to pick?? Children of the Heavenly Father is one. This is my Father's World, How Great Thou Art, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, Amazing Grace, Christ We Do All Adore Thee, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Holy Holy Holy, and the great Mennonite anthem--Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow. Mennonites are traditionally supposed to be humble and not prideful, but we are admittedly proud of our four part harmony singing. It's interesting the hymn YouTube you posted above, is recorded by a Mennonite Choir. :)

  2. Sadly to me, our church no longer sings hymns, all praise music. I grew up on hymns and I miss singing them in church.
    One of my favorites Anne mentioned, Great is Thy Faithfulness.

  3. Hey Erica! I've not heard the song Day by Day. Thank you for posting it. One of my favorite hymns is AMAZING GRACE. I am so grateful for His grace and mercy. Blessings to you and the ladies of CC&C.


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