I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee. [A. Hawks]
I have had several morning appointments at Duke over the past week for physical therapy. A benefit of these appointments, and a benefit of driving alone, is the ability to drive undistracted — listening to what I want to!
I’ve listened to K-Love here and there and to some hymns a little bit, but I REALLY love listening to preaching on the radio. I’ve been able to catch Dr. Erwin Lutzer before my earliest appointments, and today I was able to listen to Wisdom for the Heart — a broadcast from Colonial Baptist in Cary that is on The Bible Broadcast Network (BBN). I have always enjoyed Dr. Davey’s teachings; I used to listen to him frequently when I was commuting to Raleigh every day.
Today in his message he shared the story behind the hymn I Need Thee Every Hour – a hymn that I was familiar with, but not one I had paid a great deal of attention to until I heard Sonya Isaacs singing it with the Gaithers. Her voice makes me pay attention to almost anything she sings!
Anyway, Annie Hawks wrote the lyrics to the hymn in 1872 – like most women in her era, she was a stay at home mom. I felt an instant connection to the song!
I need God in every aspect of my life, but I especially need Him as I navigate through day by day as a parent!
Praying for myself that tomorrow when I have three people at my feet while I am cooking supper (crying, trying to smash their fingers in the cabinet, begging for food!), I will hear that “…tender voice like thine…” and demonstrate a reflection of the Holy Spirit to my children.
Maybe show some of those fruits that all Christians should be overflowing with: love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… “Yeehaw!” [Anybody remember singing that at the CLUB Retreat in Boone?!])
Here are some other verses from the hymn that are just as applicable:
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, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
And for fun, a picture of those lovely children as they played together after their bath. I think this was after an intense 20 minutes of ring around the rosies. They all fell down.
I know it is after Christmas. But the Santa pjs were clean. All the other ones weren’t. 🙂
Maybe the girls were grumpy as I cooked tonight because I didn’t let them help me make a cake like we did last night:
Or maybe they were upset because daddy wasn’t home yet to distract them with some dancing while I finished up with the cooking:
At any rate, as you can see, things are getting back to normal here — our old normal — which is now our new normal! It will all change again here in a week or so when I start radiation, but for today, I am just trying to enjoy every minute of it.
Because I know these little people don’t stay little for very long.