Today is my Mom’s 91st birthday. God called her home almost 20 years ago, much to soon and much too quickly for us on this side of heaven. I will always have the memory of my sisters and I gathered around her bed, singing hymns with her. It was a very long time before I could sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” or “It is Well with My Soul” without tears streaming down my face. And so it feels today – a day filled with memories. So for our Sabbath Rest today, I’ve found a beautiful simple arrangement by Chris Rice.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changes not, Thy compassion, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
[Refrain] 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!
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 endurest
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!