Sunday, November 13, 2016

Steve, Lindsay  and Robyn Bloem

My wife Robyn and I were in deep sorrow regarding the loss of our daughter Lindsay and her daughter, Emily Hope.  A long time friend sent a card along with a CD of Sela.  It was just at the right time.  The card was wonderful and the tape had many encouraging songs on it.Where would we be as Christians if we did not have the medium of music?  

The old hymn that was on the card was  Abide with Me. For some of you young people listening to the song Abide with Me song without musical instruments will be a move out of your comfort zone.

Abide With Me Hymn

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, O abide with me.

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.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea—
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.