“Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow”
We are all going through a lot these days – life has changed so much over the past few weeks – so different from our regular routines – with new and added stresses as a result of the Coronavirus. It is easy to become discouraged. One of the things that I am finding helpful is to focus on God’s faithfulness to me every day.
I’ve been thinking about the words to the beautiful hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.
Many beloved hymns have great stories behind them about how the composer was inspired to write a hymn at a particular time in their lives – many of them born out of some type of dramatic experience – a tragedy, a loss, or some big event in the person’s life.
However, Thomas Chisholm, wrote “Great is Thy Faithfulness” because he realized how God had been faithful to him during his whole life – each and every day – morning by morning – and he wanted others to know that God is faithful to each of us.
Shortly before his own death (at the age of 94!), Thomas Chisholm wrote this note:
“My income has never been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. But I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care which have filled me with astonishing gratefulness.”
I encourage you to join me in considering God’s faithfulness … God’s great mercy and love … that God is with us to guide and to cheer us, and to give us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your Faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
I’m grateful for God’s faithfulness, the strength He gives us, and the bright hope God brings into our lives each and every day,
“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father! There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changes not; Thy compassions, they fail not: As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow – blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Chorus: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided – Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”
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Thanks Cathy. Words I needed to hear today.
Thankful to be connected to so many people through new ways.
Marilyn Pennington says:
Such a beautiful hymn “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” kept coming to me as I prayed for strength for today (age and impaired health) I am so blessed to have all the words to Great is Thy Faithfulness once again. Remember singing this in church when I was younger. Thank you Cathy!!