Abide With Me
Henry Francis Lyte , 1847
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.
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 changes not, abide with me.
Not a brief glance I beg, or passing word;
But as Thou dwelled with Thy disciples,
Lord—Familiar, condescending, patient, free—
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea—
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus abide with me.
Thou on my head in early youth did smile;
And, though, rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord: abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
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.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
I have been reading a series of books recently, where a very challenged mom sings her way through the day. The songs she sings are hymns. Hymns that she's leaned over time when she's gone to church.
So I thought that maybe it would be a great thing to start every week off with a hymn to sing. Maybe they will be familiar to you or not but I do hope that you'll join me in singing them. I don't sing well but love to sing.
We often say, Have a good week! And on Monday mornings, it is often is a common wish we speak to each other. Almost like a mantra: Have a good day, Have a nice week, and even a vague, Have a good one.
Today's hymn is a musical prayer that God be WITH us, that we be blessed by the realization of His presence, every moment of every day, right now and in the limitless future.
I can't think of a happier way to start a new week. With a song in our hearts, we can kickstart the day and SMILE.
We have no excuse. A SMILE doesn't cost anything, it's free to give, but it is worth so much to those who receive it.
So get singing and SMILE and have a great day.
Have a MERRY Monday everyone!