The Nursing Home Service is this Sunday. The three songs I chose for us to sing are: (1) “Showers of Blessings” [April Showers], (2) “In the Garden” [Bring May Flowers], and (3) “Faith of Our Mothers” [Mother’s Day].
I ran across the last one when I was looking for a hymn called, “Imagine Over the Hillside.” A family asked me to play and sing at a funeral and this was the hymn the funeral director named. I went through all my hymnals and checked online but never found it. The family wanted “Mansion Over the Hilltop!”
That hour wasn’t wasted because I found these words that we will be singing on Sunday.
Faith of Our Mothers
Faith of our mothers, living still in cradle song and bedtime prayer;
In nursery lore and fireside love, they presence still pervades the air:
Faith of our mothers, living faith, we will be true to thee till death.
Faith of our mothers, loving faith, fount of our childhood’s trust and grace,
Oh, may thy consecration prove source of a finer, nobler race:
Faith of our mothers, loving faith, we will be true to thee till death.
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, for youthful longing, youthful doubt,
How blurred our vision, blind our way, thy providential care without:
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, we will be true to thee till death.
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith in truth beyond our stumbling creeds,
Still serve the home and save the Church, and breathe thy spirit thro’ our deeds:
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith, we will be true to thee till death!
In 1865, William Ross Wallace wrote a poem praising motherhood which included the famous line: “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” Children walk in the way of their mother’s counsel, even as adults. Her words truly “pervade the air.” (Yes, that is your mother’s voice inside your head!)
2 Chronicles 22:3, “And he also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab because his mother was the one counseling him to do evil.” Modern English Version
Dear Father God,
I am grateful for Hebrews 12:10, “For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. . . .” New Living Translation I know we did the best that we knew how and still failed in some areas. I pray that my children will follow any Godly counsel I gave them and forget the rest.
I pray for the residents who will be attending the nursing home service. These great-grandmothers are the salt of the earth. I pray that the music and the Word shared will touch their hearts and show them how much You love them. Send laborers to love on these ladies.
In the Name of Jesus Christ,
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