Thursday, March 17, 2005

Hymn: Abide With Me

Abide with me.

Journalistic Jargon: A Hymn for Holy Week Meditation

Erica has done a good job in posting on my new favorite hymn, Abide With Me. We have been singing it at each Lenten service. The slow, melodic hymn causes me to reflect on my life and my faith. It seems as though many people know the various parts: bass, alto, etc. Each time I sing it, I tell myself that I want to able to sing or at least hum it to myself...or have my children sing it in my ear. There...I made myself cry writing that just now. The beauty of raising my kids in such a wonderful church that teaches us such great hymns is so that we can all turn to hymns at various points in life.

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. I

need thy presence ev'ry 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, 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 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!

This is the verse I want to know as I go to Jesus:

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.

ELS Hymnal #561
LW #490

Is it in your hymnal?


Anonymous said...


That's a wonderful hymn! We don't
hear it often enough these days, in fact, we hardly hear any good hymns. (OK, I'm speaking mainly for Baptists.) The Lutherans around here sing mainly old German hymns. The words are very good, but the melodies are unfamiliar to me.


TKls2myhrt said...

Thanks, Bugs.