Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lyrical Thursdays: Abide with Me!

In these cold, wintery months, I feel like it can become easy to slip into sadness and let stress take over.  I find myself easily becoming anxious and overwhelmed!  I have worked on finding different ways to overcome this, from putting tropical pictures on the walls to going swimming at the gym.  I also lately have been practicing my ukulele more and working on other goals that I'd like to achieve. 

One song that I often listen to when I am stressed is the hymn, "Abide With Me!"  I have two different versions of this hymn on my iTunes - one by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and one by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, because I'm a nerdy Doctor Who fan and that was in one of the episodes.  I think that the words of this hymn are so tender and are a perfect prayer for when someone is truly in need of peace and comfort.

There are actually 8 verses to this hymn (which can all be found here), but these are the three that I know and sing in church:

  1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
  2. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
  3. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.