My New Song
Let me tell you about my new song! I have some other favourites, but this is my newest one.
Yesterday morning, while I was working on my Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions ezine, I was listening to the radio program, Gateway to Joy, with Elizabeth Elliott as the speaker. (Yes she has passed on, but her programs continue to be replayed). This time she was quoting the lyrics from a song written by Anna L. Waring, in 1850. I really liked those words – so I paused to do a quick Google search so I could copy them for me to look at and study some more. I thought I was just going to be a minute or two.
Ah, but I found a number of sites with interesting information about this Anna Waring, and over the years different composers have written tunes for these words. I don’t read music, so I printed out a copy to give to Linda, who would arrive right after lunch to do some volunteer work for me. (She is a pianist in her church, and sings in a choir, so I knew she could read the music).
But then I spied a link to a Youtube video. I checked it out and heard this lovely song. Of course, Youtube serves up similar videos right away, so I watched one after another. I learned to appreciate the music witih words more and more!
By the time Linda arrived I was quite excited about my new song.
It turned out that she already knew it! Wow, where had I been hiding all these years?
This morning I reviewed the words again in my devotional time, and was reaffirmed that I can identify with these lyrics.
Anna Letiticia Waring was born in Wales, of Quaker parents, and known to be very shy. She wrote hymns, and this one in particular in 1850. I was surprised at the huge choirs and groups that have video-taped their singing of this hymn – all over the world. The expressions on the faces of many of the singers tell me that they love and appreciate the words too.
I hesitate to give you any individual links because there are so many. Simply put the words, “In Heavenly Love Abiding” in the search bar at Youtube and you will be served up a wonderful selection. Not all use exactly the same tune, but the words remain the same. I will give you those here, and leave it to you to find the music you like best.
In Heavenly Love Abiding
In heavenly love abiding, No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?
Where ever He may guide me, No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me, And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh, And I will walk with Him.
Green pastures are before me, Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me, Where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure, My path to life is free;
My Saviour has my treasure, and He will walk with me.
(By Anna L. Waring, publ 1850. )
How lovely. How true!