Sunday Hymn Post
I was so touched by The Modest Mom's story of how this song gave her mother strength during her last days. She has an encouraging message for mothers at the end of her post. Reading what she shared is what inspired me to meditate more on this song and to use it for my Sunday Hymn Post.
Cyber Hymnal had a very interesting bit of information about the woman who wrote the words to this song, and I was glad to have some insight into the song. I think this song will mean so much more to me realizing that it was written by a wife and mother very much like myself, living out life very much the way I am, just in a different century. Just like her, I depend upon the Lord every hour, and at every moment. What a blessing to have the Lord as our solid rock! The very thought brings peace in the midst of a sometimes chaotic life.
Blessings to you today, my readers. Blessings and peace that only God can give.
The words of the author, Annie Hawks, from Cyber Hymnal:
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.
"I Need Thee Every Hour" by Annie Hawks
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.