February 20, 2018

A Favorite Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness

Morning Lights the Way. Photo by VenusPetrov

A Favorite Hymn
Lord of All Faithfulness

On Sunday, we sang one of my favorite hymns. It is sung to the tune “Slane,” an old Irish melody that also accompanies the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” It describes an “ordinary day” of trusting Jesus and asking him to be with us through the course of that day.

“Lord of All Hopefulness” was penned by Joyce Torrens (1901-53), who wrote under the name of Jan Struther. Struther became famous for a newspaper column in which she presented herself as “Mrs Miniver.” A film based on the character won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1942, and its portrayal of our British friends helped woo American public opinion to support entry into World War II.

Jan Struther wrote this hymn for her neighbor, Canon Percy Dearmer of Westminster Abbey, to be included in his new edition of the hymnal Songs of Praise. It is a good example of an “all day” hymn that traces God’s involvement in our lives throughout the course of a day, from waking to sleeping.

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Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,
At the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord,
At the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, Your arms to embrace.
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord,
At the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord,
At the end of the day.

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Photo by VenusPetrov at Flickr.

Comments

  1. cheesehed says:

    Thank you, Chaplain Mike! This made my day.

    I love nymns that capture the rhythm of the day and how God is involved with all of it!

  2. cheesehed says:

    Hymns, not nymns!

    • But there’s really nothing wrong with nymns, either. I often sprinkle them on my cereal, spread them on my toast, sometimes drop a few in my coffee.

  3. senecagriggs says:

    Gorgeous rendition

  4. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

  5. Christiane says:

    loved these lyrics, Chaplain Mike, that celebrate ‘the God Who is with us’

    they remind of a beautiful Anglican choral hymn, this:

    “1 God be in my head,
    and in my understanding;

    2 God be in mine eyes,
    and in my looking;

    3 God be in my mouth,
    and in my speaking;

    4 God be in my heart,
    and in my thinking;

    5 God be at mine end,
    and at my departing.”

  6. Love it!

    Started my day out perfectly ??

    Thank you!

  7. john barry says:

    What a nice nugget of information that the author of Mrs. Miniver also wrote a few hymns and very good ones it seems. Mrs. Miniver was a blockbuster in 1942 and won a lot of Academy Awards. it was of course used to promote the war effort and shows how society has evolved. The ending of the movie the people are actually in church, praying and worshipping, it shows England as it was at that time period.
    Nice to hear and read the lyrics of a nicely written hymn, well done production , thanks for sharing this.

  8. Beautiful. Wish I could sing. -sigh-

    Since you mentioned ‘Be Thou My Vision’ here’s a nice version-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJAJA4ibEs

  9. a long time ago
    I stopped marking all the days
    yet hope none are lost

    • Clay Crouch says:

      I hope you are saving all of your haikus. What a wonderful IMonk collection they would make.

  10. morning lights the way
    beside the mist-choked valley
    over track-marked fields