A young friend posted this amazing hymn today. Wow…
Hymns can be so moving. When you consider the time that they were written and the story behind them. When I sing them I often get a chill realizing how many different times in history a song has brought people into God’s presence. This one was written in 1872 as a poem by Annie Hawks:
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.
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.
As you listen, may you enjoy the strength and peace that Annie’s daily life in Christ inspired, as so many across history have.