FATHER, WHATE’ER OF EARTHLY BLISS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

1. Father, whate’er of earthly bliss Thy Sov’reign will denies, Accepted at Thy throne of grace, let this petition rise:

2. Give me calm, a thankful heart, from ev’ry murmur free The blessings of Thy grace impart, and let me live to Thee

3. Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine, my life and death attend Thy presence though my journey shine, and crown my journey’s end

Anne Steele was one of the most gifted women hymnists of the eighteenth century. However, her personal life was filled with tragedy. Her mother died when she was only three years old; she became an invalid at the age of nineteen due to a hip injury; and her fiancée drowned the day before their wedding.

Out of her suffering, Anne began writing poetry. In 1760, her collected poems were submitted for publication in a work titled, Poems on Subject Chiefly Devotional. The three verses in this song are from a ten-stanza poem in this collection titled “Desiring Resignation and Thankfulness.”

If we could capture the natural affection that we feel towards our children and multiply it by infinity, perhaps then, we could begin to comprehend the incredible Father’s heart that God has towards us. He wants to give us so much more than our earthly parents ever could, if we would simply come to Him in childlike faith and ask Him, He will forgive us! He is inviting us “come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”- Matthew 11:28

Prayer point: May God arise and show Himself mighty in every situation.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

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