The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Monday, November 25, 2013
"Lord of All Hopefulness"
Celtic or Irish Cross
We sang this favorite hymn a couple of weeks ago in church,
and happily, the Irish melody resonated in my head all day.
The author, Jan
Struther, was an agnostic who nonetheless attended church. I doubt that Wiki
snippet does justice to the trajectory of her faith.
Regardless, I’m convinced
she was gifted and used by God.
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Certain hymns are comfort food for the soul – a balm of
Irish ballad and poetry.
How can it be that the author struggled with faith and depression?
Her words are a blessing to me. She had a keen awareness of your interest in
our daily lives.
To be hopeful as the day begins.
To have an eagerness about our work.
To live in a home filled with kindness.
To experience a gentle conclusion to each day.
Understanding the Holy Spirit's power, she takes it up a notch…