Thursday, 8 November 2007

Sing Along Songs

I know this is a long post, and I dont usually write this much, but if you have time please read it. Thank you. There are so many lovely hymns and songs out there, almost difficult to choose, but this is one of my all time favourites. The words are as follows:

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
(Refrain)

I need Thee, O I need Thee;Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
(Refrain)

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
(Refrain)
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
(Refrain)
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou bless├Ęd Son.
(Refrain)

Annie Hawks (the writer) wrote:
One day as a young wife and mo­ther of 37 years of age, I was bu­sy with my reg­u­lar house­hold tasks. Sud­den­ly, I be­came so filled with the sense of near­ness to the Mast­er that, won­der­ing how one could live with­out Him, ei­ther in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Ev­e­ry Hour,” were ush­ered in­to my mind, the thought at once tak­ing full pos­sess­ion of me. After writ­ing the lyr­ics, Hawks gave them to her pas­tor, Ro­bert Low­ry, who add­ed the tune and re­frain. The hymn was first pub­lished at the Na­tion­al Bap­tist Sun­day School Con­ven­tion in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in No­vem­ber 1872. Some years lat­er, af­ter the death of her hus­band, Hawks wrote: I did not un­der­stand at first why this hymn had touched the great throb­bing heart of hu­man­i­ty. It was not un­til long af­ter, when the sha­dow fell over my way, the sha­dow of a great loss, that I un­der­stood some­thing of the com­fort­ing pow­er in the words which I had been per­mit­ted to give out to others in my hour of sweet se­ren­i­ty and peace.
This card is for this weeks SALT challenge; 'From the hymnbook, take your inspiration from a hymn or song that means a lot for your faith. Old hymn, new song, overtly Christian or kind of hidden, God speaks to us in music in all sorts of ways.' Please feel free to join in, and see the lovely creations the other girls have come up with.
I used DCWV ever after paper, QK Snowflake die for the clock hands, and the off-cuts from the petals to add a splash of colour.

4 comments:

Hazel said...

Thank you for this post, Esther. Your artwork for this is gorgeous - certainly a very precious hymn.

Rhi said...

This is amazing Esther. Not only is it a stunning work of art, but it is also deeply touching. Thanks for sharing your art and your faith so openly.

Rhi x

amanda said...

This hymn is so comforting, so true. I love what you've done with it.
amanda

All Pink girl said...

This is so pretty and precious ,Dawnx